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Why That Nice Christian Boy Stuff
Never Works With People Who Pay Attention

When they say nice christian boy
I remember that
nice christian boys pillaged villages and raped villagers
for kings and popes
&
nice christian boys kidnapped and enslaved
a whole continent of people
&
nice christian boys notoriously hung strange fruit
all across town squares and front yards
& 
nice christian boys were fond of +s doused in kerosene
and inflamed in neighbors’ yards
&
nice christian boys use dumpsters to hide their assaults
&
nice christian boys wrote backstories with cats o’ nine tails
&
nice christian boys become nice christian men who take
nice christian boys to take a knee behind altars
&
nice christian boys celebrate kids in cages and violations
of various and sundry commandments
&
nice christian boys shoot up salons and cinemas and nightclubs
&
nice christian boys are always only white
&
nice christian boys never live up to their namesake
&
i know i know
“not all” and “that’s not christian”
but when it’s a nice christian boy holding the gun
or the knife
or burning the cross
or kneeling on the neck
or waving flags of war losers
or suppressing the vote
or hurting children
you do not say
murderer
rapist
racist
white supremacist
terrorist
you say
nice christian boys

©David Siller – 2021

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