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I. Plantation Tour (One Star!)
“Vacationers have been sharing their disdain
for guides emphasizing the annals of slavery.”
Let me tell you, what I didn’t need,
Cher Guilt-instilling Know-it-all,
Was a boring-as-sawdust lecture at Belle Fleur
About the bone-breaking perils of slavery!
FYI, Miss Firebrand Liberal,
It wasn’t all that bad: I’ve heard
Plantation slaves often sang happily
While collecting cotton—
Look, I can’t possibly be racist because—
Get it!—I’m Sicilian-American: see,
My people never enslaved anybody!