Checking Out me History

Hello beautiful people,
I found this poem the other day in one of my poetry bundles and it reminded me of the whole Black Lives Matter movement. An important movement which shouldn’t have been a movement at all. When will we learn to see humans as what they are? Humans. Someones gender, skin color, disabilities, illnesses, religion or sexual orientation does not define them.
WE ARE ALL HUMAN. WE ARE ALL EQUAL.

I found this poem by John Agard very inspirational:
Dem tell me
Dem tell me
Wha dem want to tell me

Bandage up me eye with me own history
Blind me to me own identity

Dem tell me bout 1066 and all dat
dam tell me bout Dick Whittington and he cat
But Toussaint L’Ouverture
No dem never tell me bout dat

Toussaint
a slave
with vision
lick back
Napoleon
battalion
and first Black
Republic born
Toussaint de thorn
to de French
Toussaint de beacon
of de Haitia Revolution


Dem tell me bout de man who discover de balloon
and de cow who jump over de moon
Dem tell me bout de dish ran away with the spoon
But dem never tell me bout Nanny de maroon

Nanny
see-far woman
of mountain dream
fire-woman struggle
hopeful stream
to freedom river


Dem tell me bout Lord Nelson and Waterloo
but dem never tell me bout Shaka de great Zulu
Dem tell me bout Columbus and 1492
but what happen to de Caribs and de Arawaks too

Dem tell me bout Florence Nightingale and she lamp
and how Robin Hood used to camp
Dem tel me bout ole King Cole was a merry ole soul
but dem never tell me bout Mary Seacole

From Jamaica
she travel far
to the Crimean War
she volunteer to go
and even when de British said no
she still brave the Russian snow
a healing star
among the wounded
a yellow sunrise
to the dying

Dem tell me
Dem tell me wha dem want to tell me
But now I checking out me own history
I carving out me identity

– John Agard

We have so much to learn and I hope to never become one of the people with set mindsets. Not open to new suggestions. I hope to learn, always.

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