"IT'S DÉJÀ VU ALL OVER AGAIN" - Charley Seagraves

"IT'S DÉJÀ VU ALL OVER AGAIN" - Charley Seagraves
I am standing
under the cast iron Arch
that serves as a gateway...

to the oldest public university
in a land
where freedom was once revered
(Sorry UNC, but UGA was the first university created by a state charter).

I am listening to a group of youngsters,
"Undocumented! Unafraid!
Undocumented! Unafraid!"

I look into their fearless faces
and listen carefully
as speaker after speaker
eloquently recounts
his or her unique experience
and expresses her or his
not-so-unique frustration.

The almighty Board of Regents
of the great state of Georgia
has, in its sage wisdom,
decreed that these youngsters
cannot attend any
of our state universities.
They are "illegal," "undocumented,"
brought to this country
without "papers."

And then the chant changes to:
"Education! Not segregation!
Education! Not segregation!"

And I close my eyes and wonder:
Was I standing in this same spot
just a few short years ago
listening to another
group of youngsters
chanting exactly the same words?

Seems like yesterday.
It's déjà vu all over again.

Community members and students gathered at the Arch in downtown Athens on Monday, September 6, 2017 to protest the Trump administration's recent decision to reverse the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Photo by Kayla Renie, The Red and Black.

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