By Ric Hudgens, January 27, 2015
Last night at Northwestern
Michelle Alexander wielded words
like swords slicing
shrouds of persistent illusion.
Not MLK the reformer
only making things “better”
never making them whole.
Rather the Rev(olutionary) King
preaching the words of Jesus,
setting the captive free,
overturning the tables,
the first last the last first.
The charter of liberty for
an America that does not yet exist.
University admins, Gov officials,
parents and children of privilege,
ovate her celebrity before and after,
but don’t feel the shaking
of the foundations. When
such words scare them,
when they feel their threat,
when they hear the storm
rattling the windows,
see waves crashing at the door,
then we will know
they truly understand.