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  • Ruby Ibarra - BOW - Hate (Spoken Word)

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    BOW - Bars Of Wisdom
    003: Ruby Ibarra
    Filmed at San Roque, Quezon City, Philippines on April 11, 2013

    Written & Performed by R. Ibarra

    Filmed by Tabakk
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    HATE
    There is a word that my 5 year old niece doesn't know exists
    It's something she doesn't battle with and it's never escaped her lips
    It's a four letter, one syllable, simple word: HATE
    Yet it carries so much historical, political, emotional weight
    That 's shaped our beliefs, changed what we see, and made us envy
    It's made us blind to truths, to find excuse, caused lies and abuse
    So our minds can't choose, designed so we lose
    Lose control of reality, lose trust, and lose ourselves
    Like poisonous gas, it wraps around our lungs so we can't breathe or yell for help
    So she asks me, what is hate?
    It's made men turn on each other, cock the gun, and hold at gun point
    It's made scapegoats so we blame folks for our faults while our fingers point
    It's made innocent lives grow closed eyes while enclosed in a mask of lies
    By making teenage girls cry because their body size will never suit your eyes
    It's made us wish we were someone else
    Forced us into plastic surgeries, erasing cultural history
    An urge of ideal imagery, a burglary of our own identity
    It's tricked us into believing that we're too fat, too ugly, and not white enough
    It racially profiles and forced people to sit in the back of the bus
    It's made men call women bitches who in turn call other women bitches
    It's burned bridges to the point where we don't know which is wrong or right
    It's made us colorblind, only seeing black and white
    Planting racism and bigotry, promoting racial tensions and fights
    Again, she asks me, what is hate?
    Its taught 18 year old boys how to use a gun
    While on the same fields stands 5 year old children who are taught to shoot someone
    It's made victims of abusive fathers do the same to their own daughters
    It's made men boost their masculinity by exploiting another's femininity
    It's built glass ceilings, internment camps, nooses, and "not allowed" signs
    It's raised narrow minded babies so maybe they'll never see past their own kind
    It controls the media and schools through propaganda
    Teaching us the enemy while we don't question or raise our hand up
    Still, she asks me, what is hate?
    It's caused school shootings, injustice, rape, and genocide
    It's made innocent lives die and innocent mothers and wives cry
    It screams of words: "FUCK YOU," "BITCH," "STUPID," and "HOMO"
    It's what makes us laugh when we say "that's gay" when we know its wrong though
    Its written Jim Crow Laws, Indian Removal, and Asian Exclusion Acts
    It's enslaved our past while it engraves a cage in our path
    It's made categories of inferior and superior
    Making us wish for another exterior
    Making us unable to look into the mirror
    It's planted anger, depression, and fear
    It's 500 years of slavery and oppression
    Parents failing to give their children direction
    It's confessions behind closed doors of elections, that politicians never mention
    It's literacy prevention, no Filipino Veterano pension
    It's stereotypes and 1-dimension, character inventions
    All being fucked by White Supremacy's erection
    So what is HATE?
    It's something my 5 year old niece can't feel
    For her it's a man-made social construct, so it isn't real
    It's an empty word, insignificant, powerless, and nameless
    Now I'm just waiting for the rest of the world to follow so we don't know what hate is
    Let's no longer know what hate is! Show less
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