This treasonous and racist act on the part of Georgia legislators -- committed in broad daylight in front of our entire nation -- inspired us to post Emmett Lee Dickinson's poem "Ours -- by the Right of the White Election," below on the left. Dickinson's poem inspired third cousin Emily to pen her poem "Mine -- by the Right of the White Election," below on the right.
By Emmett Lee Dickinson:
Ours – by the Right of the White Election!
Ours – by our Racist Zeal!
Ours – by the Sign of an Ebon ballpoint –
Blacks – cannot appeal!
Ours – here – with Klansmen -- and
with Jim Crow!
Ours – by a Gross Ordeal –
Titled – Confirmed –
Ours – with more Votes to steal!
By Emily Dickinson:
Mine – by the Right of the White Election!
Mine – by the Royal Seal!
Mine — by the Sign in the Scarlet prison –
Bars — cannot conceal!
Mine – here – in Vision – and
Mine – by the Grave's Repeal –
Tilted – Confirmed –
Mine – long as Ages steal!