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Political Correction

October 28, 2014

African American—forgive me, black?

Just last month it was reversed;

It’s not the manners, but the time I lack:

See, it takes three minutes to recall the word.

Then, you consider, the names get grander:

“Indian” to “Native American,” then some tribe

Whose moniker makes the tongue meander

Through syllabic swamps a full minute wide.

If that was all, there’d be no harm done:

(Four minutes isn’t so much time)

But after those are wasted and gone,

You must waste twenty-seven more, to whine.

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