What’s Goin’ On
Hard to think of where to start. There’s so much hate going around. Winding and weaving through this tapestry of life and society. Sparking wars and violence. Murder and crime. Fear creating fear. Ignorance is the law of the land. Freedom is a goal we reach out to with outstretched hands.
Fact or fantasy?
Reality or mirage?
They say we’re free. No chains to bind us.
Their denial is the key that locks our shackles.
No whip to lash at our backs yet our bodies are beaten and torn.
No mass’a overseein’ us but we still “yessa” and “nossa” to the man.
binds us while you turn your heads.
Your ignorant cries that we are equal is swaddled up in your white guilt and I want no part of it.
Equal. Shot down in the street and left for dead.
Equal. Placed in an illegal choke hold, spine broken.
Equal. Called nigger and boy, “articulate” and “white”, ghetto and ugly, poor and dirty.
Equal. Disproportionately incarcerated and shackled; funneled into the prison pipeline like slaves from the ship.
This is your equality? This is what we are grateful for?
Calm down! You say.
It’s not that bad! You protest.
We are all the same! The bullshit that you yourself probably can’t even eat.
Praising your ancestors who captured and enslaved us. Telling us to forget the past while you celebrate it.
How is that equal. How are we the same. How is that freedom.
Bind and shackle us but still we rise.
Silence and break us but still we rise.
Try to overtake us but still, We Rise.
No longer will we remain silent in consideration for your comfort.
No longer will we allow ourselves to be gunned down.
No longer will we stand by as our fallen are treated as suspects and criminals.
Like a phoenix, We Rise.
Advice from the Author – Action Steps
• Speak up and call out racism and prejudice when you see it.
• Don’t turn a blind eye and try to pretend that racism doesn’t still happen. Be a voice for the voiceless. Listen to people of color (POC) when they tell you about the racism they experience.
• Join a non-violent protest or rally and listen to what they have to say. You can learn a lot.
Click to continue reading the issue “Disrupting Racism at OU.”
Blake Bridges is an actor and performer who has lived in New York and LA and is originally from OKC. She is finishing her Sociology/Criminology degree at OU.