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JanPoWriMo 17

Today I retweeted two things:

A thread of republicans
shamelessly exploiting King’s legacy
by pretending to honor King
with a tweet of the same 35 words
while using their power to oppose
everything that King stood for
generally without repercussions

And a scholar almost disinvited
from giving an MLK speech
for being a “discredited activist”
“unworthy of such association with King”
proceed to read excerpts from King’s speeches
without telling anyone what she was doing
to a deafening uncomfortable silence

Tomorrow voting rights legislation
in the senate will still be stalled

By Joshua Keiter

reader, writer, actor, singer, teacher