#blacklivesmatter poem: Why?

September 16, 2020

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Olivia Opara explores the systemic racism that she sees time and time again

Why is a White man’s future considered
Yet a Black man’s past is uncovered?

Haven’t both done wrong?
Don’t both need to atone?

White boy, shoots down school:

“He didn’t mean to, he’s mental”

We’ll help him.

Black boy, walking, wearing a hood:

“He looks suspicious, let’s stop and search”

We’ll arrest him.

White mother, pays thousands
Just to forge daughter’s grades
Sentenced to 12 months
But only serves 14 days.

Black mother, homeless, lies about state
Just to get daughter a better education
It was only just a lie
Gets five years imprisonment.

Why are we treated differently?
Why are we punished harsher?

Aren’t we humans like you?
Aren’t we humans too?

Please tell us…
Why?