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colorist rhythmics​/​/​anthro​-​apologist [prod. kató]

by Rhys Langston

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4/12 Months of Langstónia:

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[colorist rhythmics in 2042 hindsight]

je ne suis pas charlie
brown skin
of the other type,
low calorie melanin high-
yellow extra friend hype

(blithe mic,
appropriative flight,
advantageous white,
colorist rhythmics in 2042 hindsight)

house negro problems?
well, 43 of them,
99 ways to utilize
poor historiography pyrite bundles,

activation of ideas idealized
in bundled negritude
cosigned proxy to a rude
luge down history food

really my dude?
points for a family feud?

well, survey says
education precludes
antiquated divisions moved
toward a gradient of smooth-
talked notions of you

as if a rape of history
won’t reel into the future for
lakeside reflections
of 1492,
fishing for that racial rule,

‘cause the minds a tool
to fabricate new identity politic
fishnet school of
darker-skinned white supremacy fools
believing in a system that, shit,
never really could be true,
RIGHT?

______________________

[anthro-apologist]

imagine life as a series of moving products.
imagine on your conveyer belt fell saw dust
imagine all lives matter–
correction those who operate ladders

sorry but my bladder’s full of white tears,
your vegan muffin store,
and your 401k fears

sorry that your savior complex corresponds with
the post war years,
that your security is social,
culture index coastal,

your boastful music journalism
is Christopher Columbus
stumbling on Brave New Worlds,
rheumatic and rotunded, humongous,

sorry that inflated language is a means for simple justice,
that you can’t trust this:
living room beats
as colloquial discussion,
discourse for sore throats

sorry that voices drown on refugee boats,
that purified water is $30 monthly donations,
that charity is neocolonial gesticulation

a fresh coat of paint,
a metonym for
ethno-state proclamation,
a declaration: all men are created equal, but we unmake them
for the cost of living breaks them

x3
(for the cost of living is what breaks them)

sorry that we terraformed ecologies
economically,
supply equals demand
another self-fulfilling prophecy,
piecemeal explanations for just some species supremacy

x3
(piecemeal explanations for a species supremacy)

—I’m sorry, on behalf of all of us.

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released April 30, 2018
prod. káto

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