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What Does Justice Look Like to Black Women?

January 11, 2016

 

A chance to speak

A chance to shout

A chance to be recognized, considered, telling you what it's all about.

 

Not your conclusions

Not your stereotypes

Not bowing down

dimming our lights

Not solely freaks in your bedroom

and nuns by your daylight

No bowing down gracefully

Not when disrespected

No 'Well why would you be out that late?!' "You wore WHAT?"

cause Tom or Tyrone feared rejection

 

We won't stay down while you uplift Becky

We're there on these front lines after Officer John shot your boy Eddie

 

R E S  P E C  T

 

as we gave birth to a nation.

we were all we had back on that plantation

lest you forget brother we're fighting the same fight

racism, bigotry, misogyny, hatred all in the same life.

 

with every obstacle we have overcame and will come

the Black woman will not stop until our war is won.

 

Maybe now you will understand

how difficult it is to be a Black woman in this land

others and our own will put us down

but still we rise

raise our fist in triumph

tear bigotry down

we are light filled and it may be too much for you

the Black woman demands justice

and we're through asking you.

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