We Don’t Like That Image Of Ourselves

Some poetry from Marlon Brando, starting at 2:36 on the video below:

Our schoolbooks are hopelessly lacking
Perhaps criminally lacking
in revealing what our relationship was with the Indians
When we hear
as we’ve heard throughout our lives
no matter how old we are
that we are a country that stands 
for freedom
for rightness
for justice for everyone
It simply doesn’t apply to those who are not white
We were the most 
monstrous people
who swept from one coast to the other
murdering and causing mayhem among the Indians
That isn’t revealed
because we don’t like that image of ourselves
We like to see ourselves perhaps as John Wayne sees us

Published by mikepowernyc

New album "Observations" available now. A veteran of NYC’s underground music scene, Mike Power played on the stages of such beloved lost venues as CBGB’s and Kenny’s Castaways, as well as stalwart surviving ones like Arlene’s Grocery and the Bitter End as singer/songwriter/bassist with Late Model Humans. In 2020, quarantining from the global pandemic he worked remotely with other artists to record a collection of new music called Observations, that infuses his punk roots with introspective acoustic pieces.

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