Melanin In A Humans Skin…

I feel the pain of my ancestors beating like a drum,
The rhythm of my heart,
I feel the weight of pain and oppression on my shoulders,
And carrying it inevitably contributes to my depression.
I’m lost,
I’m in the dark,
So far, far, far away from where our ancestors expected us to be one day,
When they abolished slavery,
And said that we would all be free!
What a joke!
What a travesty!
The white man mocked them,
They mocked us,
They mocked we,
Including me.
… So an offer of opportunity to better ourselves,
To go to places like England and America,
To get jobs and have a better life than in the Caribbean or Africa,
But then when my ancestors came,
Especially my personal and immediate family to,
“Great Britain”,
Travelling weeks and weeks and weeks over seas,
To reach a wonderful destiny,
Only to face a bleak reality,
Not as much physical contact,
But brutal ridiculing for being black.
“Ou Ou Ou Monkey”,
“Ou Ou Ou Go Back To Your Own Country!”
How dare they!
How dare they?
How dare they!?
We had supposedly equal rights,
The common Wealth,
We were supposed to be received by a welcoming union,
But twas a make believe that we were connected,
And would therefore be accepted.
Chaos and violence as my people were rejected,
Treated like we were infected,
There was nothing wrong with my family,
They were not dirty,
They were not ill,
They were not sick,
They were not bad doers or ill wishers,
They just wanted to be left alone and able to humbly work hard to grow on their own,
To live,
To develop,
To blossom,
They came here to England for better opportunity,
But unfortunately faced a very bitter reality,
And you may wonder why I say WE in 2021,
So far from the 1950’s and The Wind Rush and so on,
But you’d be very niaeve to think that the pain just stops with one person.
It carries on and on and on overtime,
Through generation to generation.
The magnitude of pain that was put upon my fellow brothers and sisters,
My uncles and aunties,
My grandparents and parents,
My cousins,
My family,
Your family,
Our family,
The black people,
Us black people,
We,
People like me.
I wonder if my ill mental health is because I am emotionally in tune,
And therefor I cannot ignore or forget,
The bitter taste bestowed upon people like us,
Like me
There still has not been a grand enough apology,
There is no easy remedy,
They may be able to get a Vaccine out for a deadly virus that spreads and kills,
But there is no Vaccine for prejudice,
And racism,
And stigma,
And Taboo,
Because that is a mindset
And no matter how little teaching they do,
And once a blooming year we have,
Black History Month,
It’s not enough.
There is a process that in unison we must go through,
To move away from our past,
To transition with all loose ends tied up to the here and now,
In the present day,
To move forward and progress to the future.
Right now,
And for sometime now,
The time line is stuck,
And that’s why there is anger,
That is why our pain is triggered,
Nothing has been dealt with and so our pain lingers in the air,
We cannot pretend that we don’t care,
And ignorant oppressors can no longer pretend that we are not there,
Black President,
Black Monarchy,
Many Black Pillars of Society,
See and hear us now,
God Almighty!
Yet we cannot and will not ignore the past
Give out a free pass and move on,
All of a sudden.
Yes the worst are now dead and gone,
But still
Too many of today’s society think they can move,
Speak,
And fight,
Exclude,
Ignore,
Refuse,
Because they have the right,
Being light,
Having white privilege,
To look down on us,
Lie to our faces,
Or even worse,
Hide behind computer screens and offcom complaints,
Disrespecting us,
Trying to shut us down and silence us,
All because of the dark shade of a person’s skin,
Paying absolutely no attention to what is within,
In 2021,
How disgusting!
There is an expectation to not put all people in the same category,
The irony,
Such is the root of racial disparity.
I cannot forgive,
Because racism is still trickling down the system,
I cannot ignore that racism still exists.
With all the knowledge our species has,
How can we as a society,
Still be so transfixed with the melanin in a humans skin!?

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