We were bornOn burning coalsSo standing stillWas unthinkable.We did not run for gloryBut for survival.There were no better alternativesThan our own legs to carry us to freedom.There was no need for a crowdTo cheer for us,Our own fears goaded us on.We needed no promise of a trophy,Just a way out.We were not running towards the […]Read more "Why we ran"
Being a black bodyIn places of affluenceAnd convenienceDemandsThat one presents oneselfIn distinctive ways-Distinct from the riff-raffAnd the common criminalLest you find yourselfOn the wrong end ofPetty justice.To give off the wrong signal-A sweaty browAn ill fitting shirtLeisurely walking in a mallwithout a strongAn agenda-All these seemingly innocent thingsCan turn the most mundane of tasksInto a […]Read more "Wrong Signal"
There’s a cheap kind of progressThat’s the equivalent ofWanting a pet lionThat can only roarBut never bite.Its one thing to say all the right thingsWhen it comes to diversity and inclusionAnd quite another to actuallyAccept that the world is complexAnd that your simplified wayOf moving through itWon’t cut it anymore.Real change is often inconvenient,And inertia […]Read more "In love with the roar"
But we do hold the commitment To do better. We don’t know where we’ll end up But we can all clearly see The starting line. We’re not sure If we’ll have the juice To run the distance But we have enough For the first leg. There are some chronic Social maladies That have plagued society […]Read more "We may not hold full answers"
And maybe its okayTo expect this.To not be offendedWhen they mispronounce your nameOr assume you like mayonnaiseAnd that its really notThe end of the worldIf they don’t like you.People will misundertand youBecause they don’t live in your worldThey have not tasted your painDrank of your joyNor heard your doubts constantly whirringIn the background.So what to […]Read more "People are going to misunderstand you"
When faced with a senseThat people like youIn places like thisHave great odds against themHow do you respond?Some have ascended to the heightsIn search of perfectionHoping to rise above the frayBy sheer perfectionOr its nearest relative.Others have looked at their counterpartsAnd those that will come after themPromising to always have another’s backPointing out the pitfallsLighting […]Read more "Of Shepherds and Perfectionists"
Accountability, done right,Hurts.People that have the courageTo call things outAre often portrayed as being So unnecessarySo contrarianSo unwilling to just let things beAnd let ‘our way of life’Go on.And yet there is nothing more constantTo mankind than change.And it is unlikely that change will happenWithout frictionWithout uncomfortable conversationsWithout pushing back on thingsWe’ve let ourselves overlook.The […]Read more "Thorns in the flesh"
The actual fight against racism Is not to get other people to accept us, Because that’s an approach steeped in insecurity And plays on a never ending struggle to seek the approval of others. No, the fight against racism is about justice. Not simply because we feel victimized And not because we feel guilty. But because […]Read more "The actual fight"
There are certain people That you may think do not deserve grace, Kindness. Nor mercy. And chances are they don’t, As you don’t. The grace of God isn’t waiting for an opportunity For us to prove we deserve it Because we never will. We just need it. Our very existence as children of God Depends […]Read more "Disturbing Grace"