The Enlightened Work of the Devil

To you,
my ancestors are material wealth
And to you good white liberals and soul-less radicals
My tears and wisdom are your social capital
I am not those things
and neither were my ancestors.
I will not indulge your self interest
any longer.
I am beloved of God,
worthy of relationship,
shared vulnerability,
and love.
To those who treat the oppressed as social capital
to impress other white people,
you are doing the colonial work,
the empire’s work,
the enlightened work
of the devil.

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