Grey Area

Black children dream in colour

But live in a

Racially bias-ly

Undeniably

World obsessed with black and white.

Though nothing ever seems to be black

and white

Lost in the grey area

Where everyone has an image

But still no one gets the picture

Only some see this bigger idea

Only some see that the decisions about us have been taken without us

So, stop screaming about the riots and looters

Because you can’t ever really blame people

Ignored by society for ignoring society

I’ve been struggling to find new words for these same situations

Knowing I’ve exhausted the depths of my vocabulary

Painting protests with my words

And I have been crying

Reflecting and gasping

Grasping and clutching

But I found new words to bleed through today

Fresh cuts planted on unhealed

Perpetual generational wounds

First felt by our ancestors

Still felt by us

You see

A disrespect to others

Stems from a discomfort within

And while you live blissfully in ignorance

These words come from the kind of wisdom

Only pain can teach

So, do you understand your own biases?

Your privileges?

Do you understand that we never wanted to be martyrs made hashtags?

Trending then forgotten

Quietly erased

We just wanted to live equally

To breathe freely

Malcolm x said

“That’s not a chip on my shoulder

That’s your foot on my neck”

And over 5 decades later

There are still knees on our necks

We were born with the worlds

Knees on our necks

Closing our throats

Crushing our voices

Silencing us

But I will not be silenced

So, this is for BREONNA TAYLOR

For MARK DUGGAN

For SANDRA BLAND

For GEORGE FLOYD

For BELLY MUJINGA

For ERIC GARNER

For TARIKA WILSON

For TRAYVON MARTIN

For KATHRYN JOHNSTON

For STEPHEN LAWRENCE

For ATTIANA JEFFERSON

For AHMAUD ARBERY

And for all those in between

For all those we lost along the way

For all those who didn’t get to stay

For all those who didn’t see their journey

Or get to see their life take shape.

Remember their faces.

Learn their stories.

Say their names.

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