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Friday, February 03, 2023


by George Salamon

"After heavy criticism from Gov. Ron DeSantis, the College Board released on Wednesday an official curriculum for its new Advanced Placement course in African American Studies—stripped of much of the subject matter that had angered the governor and other conservatives.” —The New York Times, February 1, 2023

My country 'tis of thee, sweet 
land of hypocrisy, you cannot
make evil look good.
We had our own good try at a
Holocaust of the Indians, Black
slaves were privately owned
properties down home on the
plantation, young immigrant girls
were exploited in sweatshops in
Manhattan's garment district, coal
miners robbed of their meager
wages and their health, and our
bosses and Robber Barons hired
private dicks to beat up those
workers who dared to strike or
Nine decades ago our president
pushed through laws that brought
relief from capitalism's cruel rule, 
and he was called a traitor to his
That class is back firmer in the
saddle than before, and the publican
politicians want keep our history washed
white of dark stains of blood, 
tears and despair

George Salamon does not think another FDR is waiting in the wings of our political theater, but he wishes one were there.