It’s Just a Mask (a response to a stupid poem)

My response to some stupid poem I found online:

It’s just keeping contact.
It’s just the freedom to get together.
It’s just how we worship Jesus Christ.
It’s just hard earned income.
It’s just another entitled employee.
It’s just one contractor.
It’s just one coffee date.
It’s just one night of drinking.
It’s just one night with another woman.
It’s just a few deaths.
It’s just a few cases.
It’s just a wave.
It’s just a small charge.
It’s just to pay less taxes.
It’s just a few thousand for great health care.
It’s just a small act of courage.
It’s just dodging one draft.
It’s just another man not fit for the military.
It’s just too long to wait to open things up.
It’s just herd immunity.
It’s just handcuffs to protect you.
It’s just tear gas.
It’s just to ensure privacy.
It’s just a first impression.
It’s just an outside perspective.
It’s just Fox News.
It’s just the fake news media.
It’s just a theory.
It’s just a white lie.
It’s just Tony Robbins.
It’s just locker room talk.
It’s just boys being boys.
It’s just a minor insult.
It’s just to give you thicker skin.
It’s just the police.
It’s just law and order.
It’s just another court judge.
It’s just an exemption from class.
It’s just a feeling.
It’s just to “save the children.”
It’s just a gathering to worship.
It’s just a form of alternative medicine.
It’s just to prevent autism.
It’s just another gangster with mental health issues.
It’s just another black man.
It’s just a Jew.
It’s just a Hispanic.
It’s just an Asian.
It’s just a sweatshop.
It’s just a homosexual.
It’s just a trans-person.
It’s just wrong numbers.
It’s just wrong religion.
It’s just to protect Israel.
It’s just to help us appreciate home.
It’s just an education with good grades.
It’s just a university degree.
It’s just to prevent adultery and divorce.
It’s just so you can get hired.
It’s just so you can take more responsibility.
It’s just a white picket fence.
It’s just an overseas bank account.
It’s just the mortgage.
It’s just the interest on debt.
It’s just a few more hours to pay the bills.
It’s just a promotion.
It’s just a full clip to protect myself.
It’s just so I can show off my latest thing I bought from the store.
It’s just so the kids can watch a good show and not be scared.
It’s just so kids can listen to wholesome music without foul language.
It’s just appreciation for my country.
It’s just not what he said.
It’s just so we can defend ourselves.
It’s just so women can have more children.
It’s just male and female.
It’s just so we can use more fossil fuel or get more oil.
It’s just the air we breath.

But in reality, it’s just
– meritocracy
– fundamentalism
– hatred of government
– rampant capitalism
– blind nationalism
– blind activism
– hatred of a free press
– authoritarianism
– ableism
– American Christianity
– facism
– distraction from local issues
– deep racism

Because it’s not just upholding the American right.
It’s just another system to control what is non-essential compared to this hard thing called life.