A poem of the Black-American experience.

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black.

cramped on ships

stung by whips

prayers pressed through lips

black.

never see home again

a new land filled with hateful men

your skin already condemned

black.

your body does not belong to you

forget everything you ever knew

all of the others are hurting too

black.

bodies for sale

are you strong or frail

they took all the healthy males

black.

english beaten into your mind

our bondage was designed

on our suffering, they dined

black.

daughters raped

can we escape

families forever reshaped

black.

one hundred years pass.

black.

another hundred years pass.

black.

another fifty years pass.

freedom!

no, bondage with conditions

slavery with additions

america and its traditions

black.

whites-only signs

bodies swing from trees like vines

no one will be charged with these crimes

black.

“chip on your shoulder”

we’re dragging around boulders

colonization is in the eye of the beholder

black.

bodies holding the pain of our foremothers

our ancestors reduced to nothing but numbers

it is the black condition to continuously suffer

black.

one hundred years pass.

Equality!

No, more racism and redlining

our people dying

the american dream is still lying

black.

today everything is still the same

the same parties shifting the blame

reparations are our to claim

black.

optimism is a luxury we can’t afford

how many deaths do we need to record

what are we moving towards

black.

we deserve the world and more

nothing else to be asked for

equality is not wanting for more

black.

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Solér Bean is a freelance writer and an always-exhausted college student. A Las Vegas native, she writes about politics, various social issues, race, relationships, dating, and mental health and has done so for the past five years. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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