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Rebellion is a funny thing; being denied the right to something
simply makes it that much more tempting;
forbidden fruit tastes the sweetest, as the saying goes.

But what of oppression? What taste would that fruit have,
riddled with hatred and malevolence?
Would thorns sprout from it's surface, would the juice taste sour?
Would eyes water as the foulness of it burned our throats, and caused us to weep?

Our world is far from perfect, lights doused
by the hopeless tears of those whose suffering
God turned a blind eye to. Wealth equals power equals the ability to have your mistakes overlooked, swept under the rug so silently.

But when a young teen is murdered because of the color of his skin, when a young girl is raped because of her clothing choice, when a loving couple is denied their right to marriage because of their sex, where is the justice then?

The poor, the misunderstood, the marginalized; looked down upon for things they can't change.

And even though we are all made of atoms and blood and muscle and skin and nerves and a brain, a white man's voice is louder than a black woman's, and one has to wonder why.
uhhhh just rambling mostly?
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oppression. by silokk ( Suggested by MiloticScale and Featured by inknalcohol )
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L-Inque Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Excellent piece.  Congrats on your DD!
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silokk Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
thank you very much!
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L-Inque Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You're very welcome Clap 
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DammitHughes Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed.

And this is a great piece of writing, with fine imagery and a deep point. Good work.
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silokk Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
thanks so much, i really appreciate it!
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DammitHughes Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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carmencaracol Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
the suffering you talk about has to do with privileged life...

if you take a look outside that privileged world, you see people suffering way worse than a same-sex couple that can't get married, or a girl molested because she wore a provocative outfit... or even the poor of America (I wonder if you know the differences between the privileges of the North American poor versus the true oppression of the poor of other countries)

it's all in the perspective, and I wished the poem didn't feel so "privileged"

dunno why stuff like this gets DDs... This doesn't pack the punch nearly as much as other pieces- whether they be from privileged perspectives or not- that delve way more deeply into the abyss of human suffering... that touch a vein in everyone...

...did you know there's mass rapes occurring in the Middle East because of ISIS? People losing everything they own, children being beheaded...

That's oppression.
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MiloticScale Featured By Owner Edited Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
None of that is oppression, actually. Those things are abuse and assault--not equal to oppression.

Surely you have better things to do than hang around a lit DD and make a painfully embarrassing ass of yourself.
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Iwashako Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Things may be worse off elsewhere, but that does not make the problems in America any less awful, and it definitely does not make them irrelevant. Oppression comes in a lot of different forms. And how can you expect to save people in other countries when we can't even save our own? Do you really think we can stop mass rapes in the Middle East when rapists have a good chance of getting off scott-free here as it is? Are you willing to go up to a young woman who's been raped, looking her right in the eye and tell her her suffering isn't worth concern because other people have it worse? Oppressions is oppression, and the different things that happen to different people don't change that. There is no such thing as "true" oppression, and if you believe that, I ask that you take a step back and reevaluate your values.
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magdalenacaracol Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
Niiiiiice, blocking me must make you feel powerful. But the truth is that there's no reason to block me, except that you're afraid I'll out-smart you and make you look silly and immature. Which I'll proceed to do anyway, lol.

"And how can you expect to save people in other countries when we can't even save our own?" is the silliest thing ever. That's like saying, "I can't help the person who's just lost a limb, because I have a papercut."

I'm pretty sure you missed my point. When a person suffering sees how privileged he is by comparison, the suffering lessens significantly. It's why we all naturally long to help people, unless we're selfish egomaniacs (and there are many, esp. in modern society). Your asking if I would go up to a rape victim and tell her her suffering isn't worth concern because others have it worse isn't quite as shocking a question, and the answer would be, "sure," except it'd be strange circumstances to do that anyway. Hypothetical situations are always imaginary. When and why would I ever do that anyway?

...you gonna block me again? :)
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Iwashako Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I blocked you 'cause I had a feeling you'd respond with bullshit.

I was right.

Clearly you have no idea how suffering works and frankly I don't have the time nor patience to bother driving it into your thick skull. All you need to know is that that way of thinking is incredibly harmful and poisonous.

It's painfully clear to me you've never suffered at all. When you do, maybe you'll understand. Or maybe you're even more of a blockhead than I thought.

Yes, I'm gonna block you again.

'Cause you're not worth my time.
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MiloticScale Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi there,

What you've done here is evade a block, and that is a direct violation of dA's etiquette policy. Not only were you dumb and immature enough to evade this block just to continue a meaningless and losing argument, but you did so in a place that has the attention of the entire site and its administration. I'm sure people who have seen this have already reported you for block evasion (filed under harassment, by the way), but I'll just go ahead and report you "for the lulz" since you seem to be trying to waste your time here anyway.

Note that for most abuse violations, they don't ban accounts; they ban IPs and IP spans. ;)
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silokk Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
oh well hi hello there internet stranger. aside from all of the passive aggressive arguments and everything, you have good points. I agree with the fact that there are many, many more important things in this world that are so much more worthy of the title "oppression", I'm not going to argue that point because you're right.

still, this poem - if you honestly wanna call it that, tbh it was a ramble that I submitted at random - was born from a lot of stress and worry brought on by the Ferguson incident, among other things.

what ISIS is doing is terrible, there's no doubt there, but I focused only on what was worrying me and on my mind at the time which was, for the most part, racial injustice.

honestly I'm surprised this got any attention at all much less became a DD. it's a random ramble that I wrote and tossed up without expecting anything to happen with it. if you agree with it, that's nice and I appreciate it - but I respect your right to disagree with what's said here.

please do not further argue with anyone about this, I'd very much appreciate it. this argument is getting out of hand and I'd rather it stop.
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EskeltheIceMaster Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
"Discrimination is a horrible thing. Yet it exists in our everyday life, because we let it exist."   ~Me

Great piece! You deserve the DD, congratulations! :D
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silokk Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
thanks so much, that means a lot!
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1The-Messenger1 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014
Digging the anti white rhetoric, racist scum. Wonderful that this liberal dogshit is featured, shows the position of the site's political views. Glad this shit is featured rather than talent. We really have declined. 
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silokk Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
i'm far from racist, and this is definitely not an anti-white piece, but if you take it as such, i'm sorry. 
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MiloticScale Featured By Owner Edited Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There's nothing anti-white about this article. The author is white, and she certainly isn't racist. Surely you have something better to do than linger around a DD and complain about it, selfishly incapable scum.
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1The-Messenger1 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
Yes she is, she thinks that white people are the only people with "privilege" when in reality all races are excluded with things. 
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Basement-Aviator Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It just says that "a white man's voice is louder than a black woman's", not something like "kill all white people." Not sure where you're getting the "anti-white" bit.
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1The-Messenger1 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
It implies that white people have some special right, even though mexicans, blacks, and others have their own things that white people don't, yet it only pays attention to whites. Clearly anti white.
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BloodLily16 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
A very nick and very true, piece.
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silokk Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
thank you very much.
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purplewasp Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014
Fucking lel.
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DeathJinxerLB Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very true.
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silokk Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
it is, sadly. thank you for your feedback!
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DeathJinxerLB Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome.
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Ask-SallyAndAmanda Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is it.

This is awesome. 


If theres ever a talent show, may I read this?

The world needs to kno this 


Don't worry II'll give credit. 
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