Posted by: S. N. Harrell | August 23, 2014

Un-make it, bit by bit

Original: August 23, 2014.Edited: July 24, 2015

In my perfect world I could un-make it, bit by bit
Erase the deaths, reverse the history and crimes against our humanity,
Eliminate the human rights violations they commit
Eradicate the oppression that boils my blood and sits in my stomach like a rotting pit.
Un-make it, bit by bit.

The death of Black men and women at the hands of white officers.
Un-make it, bit by bit.
The false image of Black ignorance.
Un-make it, bit by bit.
The resource stealing integration that plague a segment of the nation.
Un-make it, bit by bit.

The illness and adversity,
The pain and perversity,
The indignity and inhumanity
Of people with Brown or Black skin like me.
Un-make it, bit by bit.

The deaths of our heros, advocates, warriors, kings, and queens;
The cultural (mis)appropriation;
The notion of Black anti-intelligence;
The hypersexualization and attempted de-masculinization.
Un-make it, bit by bit.

The Red Lining, lynching, enslaving;
The brainwashing that entrenches white supremacy;
The fallacy of Black-on-Black crime;
The welfare queen fallacy;
And Institutionalization.
Un-make it, bit by bit.

The War on the Disenfranchised;
Sentencing disparity, Jim Crow, generational poverty and
The necessity for Affirmative Action.
Un-make it, bit by bit.

 #JusticeFor… the wrongly accused, murdered but state-approved, and strategically abused.
The excuses for why it’s okay to harm my family.
Un-make it, bit by bit

Change the history and trajectory that elicits anger from me
Change the idea that I play a “race card” when I talk about social injustices
Change human rights
Change civil rights
Change what we perceive as “equality.”
Un-make it, bit by bit.

That Lincoln freed the slaves
When the “slaves” freed themselves
Even still there is Black slavery in America in 2015
better known as institutionalization and criminalization of Black people;
That we dwell on the past, unnecessarily
Despite the terrifying reality
that Young Black and Brown women and men can’t drive their car, listen music, sit in holy spaces or walk down a street
without harassment, stalking, and profiling with deadly consequence.
Un-make it, bit by bit.

That we are criminals when we seek equality
Un-make it, bit by bit.
That we are criminals when we seek civil rights
Un-make it, bit by bit.
That we are criminals when we seek human rights
Un-make it, bit by bit.

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Responses

  1. Nice sis 🙂 I found you through for Harriet btw.

    • Thank you Staci. I hope you can enjoy more of my poetry.


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