Race, Class, Gender, Animals, and Climate: The Indictment

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Race, class, gender, animals, and climate/The dominant class is so violent/According to them we’re supposed to be divided, inhale dirty air, while animals remain commodity and obviously silent/

Those capitalists are tyrants/Keeping us focused on the illusion of race/While the carbon in the climate per parts per million increases at an unhealthy pace/Oil in lakes, oceans, streams and rivers/Just so that black gold is internationally delivered/These corporations – who are considered human now – are so cold they make me shake and shiver!/

Homes are surrounded by incredible amounts of pollution/We’re looking to our national political leaders for better laws, a stronger EPA, and solutions/But with the people they have lost a common connection/They’re either bought or area seeking more money for their coffers for re-election/

We’re living in a nation that believes in mass incarceration/Impoverished people are living in communities and neighborhoods where there exists mass occupation/

The streets are hot not only because of global warming/But because of the way Officer friendly is performing his duties/

How come we’re still not alarmed at factory farms?!!/The way animals are treated is doing us all harm/Especially if you’re still a meat eater/Animals are emotionally damaged and sent into shock when they’re prepared for consumption/Carnivores are affected by this, isn’t that something?!/

Race, class, climate, animal mistreatment, and global destruction – it’s all a travesty/A cycle of division are we paying attention to what’s happening in the 21st century?/In U.S. penitentiaries men, women, and youth are treated like cattle/Money is being made off of them too by the privatized prison industry, it’s all financial and mathematical/Practical for the prison owner amassing labor at no or low cost/Add it all up and it is society who has lost!/

The people are suffering globally/Not just in communities locally/Hopefully we’ll focus on the climate changing/And not leave the people across the globe hanging/They are the ones we should be learning from/They are closest to the Earth, they’ll be remaining/And how about the local energy supply/Investing in those makes us aware and wise!/The size of the problem is far beyond you and I/

Think about the farmer in Africa whose crops died because of the climate’s rise/The sized of his family he keeps on his mind/We cannot go through this unmoved or blind/They grow products that benefit us even though we’re miles away/Climate change is right here, right now, today!/It’s a global reality/We need global solutions/While the politician in Washington still considers it an illusion/

Women are subsistence farmers in more numbers than men/To the land and to families they have to tend/Gender discrimination has to end/Women must be educated and elevated for us all to win/How can we live anywhere when there’s massive deforestation and melting polar caps?/We’ll all be affected no matter where we’re at/We’ll all be affected no matter where we’re at/.

© Christopher D. Sims
June 8th, 2015
Updated July 4, 2015

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