The Moral Arc of the Universe Bends Toward Justice
Think the American Civil War,—
…followed by a century of Jim Crow.
If you do not become a master
you are a slave.
The voice of What had to be built leaves certain
words bodiless. The Lost Cause, strange
fruit, was lost, for us, in a song about lacerated flesh.
When a master stares at himself in the future
what he fears is that the world will do to him what
he did to the world when he was the world.
Frank Bidart (an excerpt)