TW: racial language we were your nigger. your colored. your nightskin. dehumanized disparaged denigrated valued not by who we are at our core but for what we could do for you. you freed us but we have never been free you see us but you really don't see you hear us but there's a cognitive dissonance that you sprinkle with pretty little lies so that it's sweeter on the tongue you kill our young you kill our men you abuse our women to you, we have always been less than you exploit our strength our will our pride you manipulated us knowing we will always do what we need to survive we built our own empire and true to form you set it on fire, once again dismantling the legacies that could have been for our future kings and queens all because you'd rather see us struggle than simply let us be we took back the words made them our own our connection to the Motherland severed before we ever got the chance to learn who we are and where we come from but still, we found a way to perservere recreated a culture you tried to steal the irony the contradiction in hating my people but taking everything that IS our definition ebonics style lyrical tongue you look at us thriving loving and living greatly and appropriate our essence like there was a sign on our back that said 'TAKE ME' I wonder when you will realize, we are forever. and because of that hatred you hold in your heart we will always be better.
** a love note to our allies: I appreciate your unwavering support and your willingness to be educated on the Black experience. I appreciate you taking the time to hear our stories and face the hard truths about your privilege. Most importantly, I appreciate you using your platforms and your voice to teach others what you’ve learned. The shift has been slow, but it is happening nonetheless. You are a part of that shift – thank you