The Racist Tree – Part II
Additional thoughts on an entry from 2012 that has stayed with me.
The Racist Tree is a simple little poem by Onion writer Alexander Blechman
that packs a punch despite the fact it was probably written in fifteen minutes for fun. Lark it or not, I remain intrigued. It’s the epitome of get character or become one
.As you’ll see, the consequences of the tree’s poor choices go beyond a label when it’s deeper beliefs, latent virtues, and intentions are rendered irrelevant.
The poem rips conditional social justice, but its subject is securely tethered to the writer’s sense of humor. So on this casual Sunday, enjoy. And consider discussing with someone 20 years younger, a teen screw-up you may know, a teacher, or a parent.
Tags: Alexander Blechman, justice, racism, the Onion, The Racist Tree