The lie that “black lives don’t matter equally,”
Permeated America and its institutions,
And was used to justify human trafficking,
And/or forced separation and isolation,
Supported by terror and threats of lynching,
Until it was legally refuted
Because of the Civil Rights Movement.
Unfortunately that lie still lingers
In some hearts, minds, and institutions,
Sometimes brought to public attention
When captured in action, by a cell phone.
Then we Americans are briefly reminded
That the lie of black inferiority
Which we prefer to publicly ignore,
Needs to be openly faced,
Boldly renounced and completely refuted.
We all need to proclaim and live out the truth
That all people are created equal
And that black lives matter
Every bit as much as white lives do.
Nothing short of that will make race
The irrelevant matter it should be.
If you like my poem, you’ll learn a lot from my book, Off the RACE Track–From Color-Blind to Color-Kind.