I Found a Rug. Let’s Build a Wall!

If finding random objects merited building walls, human history may have unfolded differently.

Kunta Kinteh Island, The Gambia circa 1456

A Prince: “We’ve found a metal chain link inside the belly of a fish. It’s unreal” Mandinka Metro. Pale people coming from many empires, some of which would be a big surprise. [Reports heard, they want our skin. Let’s build that wall!]

San Salvador, The Bahamas circa 1492

Arawak Warrior: “We’ve found black powder riddled on our sandy shores. It’s dubious” Taino Times. People coming from across the world, all of which are a big surprise. [Reports heard, they think we are discovered and call us Indian. Let’s build that wall!]

Surat, India circa 1608

Harbor Master: “We’ve found teacups with saucers washed ashore. It’s preposterous” India Gazette. People coming across the sea, some of which would be a big surprise. [Reports heard, they want our sugar, spice, and everything nice. Let’s build that wall!]

Algiers, Algeria circa 1681

Commander of The Sea: “Mais Oui! We’ve found baguettes stuffed underneath shipping docks. It’s blasphemous” Berber Harold. People coming across northern border, not so much a big surprise. [Reports heard, they think we are les pirates, but really they want a permanent vacation spot. Let’s build that wall!]

Guangzhou, China circa 1773

Shangren: “We’ve found red poppies popping aplenty. It’s cockamamie” China Sun Times. People coming from the other side, want to cross everything, some of which will bring big surprise. [Reports heard, they fear closed doors. Let’s build that wall!]

Rio Grande, Mexico (modern day U.S.A) circa 1836

Border rancher: “We’ve found red, white, and blue spotted in several localities. It’s unreal” La Gaceta de México Version Dos. People coming from across Northern Border, none of which is a big surprise. [Reports heard, they want to take over, and in 180 years promise to build a wall to keep Mexicans out. Let’s build that wall!]


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