Black Poetry : We Must Never Forget (A Poetic Case For Reparations)

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“We Must Never Forget”
(A Poetic Case for Reparations)

Denial is the longest river
It's current always destroys
It's shallow banks
Refuse to give thanks
While exclusion and rejection’s employed

Now America has a problem
Accepting the facts as they are
Facing Slavery’s truth
Is repulsive, uncouth
And makes for an ugly memoir

Cause you traded in human beings
Branded us like we were cows
Sold us like cattle
Like no more than chattel
These facts you cannot disavow

And with all those acts of evil
You reveled in celebration
While you brutally castrated
We steadily donated
Our blood fertilized your plantations

You raped us, lynched us, butchered and burned
Refused our human rights
We were tarred, feathered, skinned and spurned
You worked us by day and by night

In every aspect of industry
You’ve thrived off the fruits of our labor
From apples to zinc
We’ve been the link
Through Slavery America’s been favored

Socially, educationally, economically
You flourished while we were denied
Yet if it weren’t for us
This country’d be dust
Its commerce would surely have died

And for this you say you won’t pay
Won’t even apologize
But why should you pay the debt,
That you’re your forefather’s let
Cause you prosper from all their lies

Indeed, “we must never forget”
A phrase we should all preserve
Concerning lives that were lost
In the Jews Holocaust
And that’s no more than we deserve

So why should we forget ours
When monuments are built to theirs
Are they superior, are we inferior
Were theirs' better than our forebears'

And please remember good people
Their tragedy was on foreign soil
But the bodies of Slaves
Are in American graves
Yet few tributes to our turmoil

America you’d best wake up
Cause Lazarus has risen from the gate
Pay the debt you owe
So the country can grow
And learn how to love, stead of hate

We want our acres and our mule
You’ve had yours for generations
Now its time we were paid
From the fortunes you made
Its time for Slave reparations

And we must never forget!

Copyright Ty Gray-EL December 2003
 

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All of your words were strong and convincing, but these lines had me nodding in agreement:
And for this you say you won’t pay
Won’t even apologize
But why should you pay the debt,
That you’re your forefather’s let
Cause you prosper from all their lies

The first argument often said, is that "we" didn't do anything, so why should "we" have to pay or say we're sorry. You made your poetic point very clearly. Keep writing, I'll keep reading poet.
 

$$RICH$$

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dis was felt within 7thpoet
keep speaking clear here ......tyte drop wit wisdom
 

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