white savior industrial complex

while reading a pale-faced activist’s
book on civil disobedience

I encounter the passage of
that time he evaded Johnny Law

by hiding with his buddies

in Yellow Face onstage,

the “wrong side of Murder Creek”

I think how activism, like feminism
often fails people, like that time

175,000 protestors armed with
pussy hats marched through

the International District on the eve
before the Lunar New Year,

without giving the community notice
ahead of time, never considering how

they’d close streets, affect traffic,
or impact business on what would

usually be the busiest weekend
of the year, even Uwajimaya

seeing a drop in sales