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Like the pain of blistered feet from countless suffrage and freedom marches

The fear and terror from police dogs snapping at your heels

 

 

 

 

Dreams

The poet once wrote about the dream deferred

And now I wonder

I wonder if he was talking about me?

It seems not so long ago

That I was a young child, hopeful, full of life and expectations

With dreams that seemed so attainable . . .

 

Today, it’s all gone wrong

And I wonder, “ Where has the time gone?”

 

Perhaps I got distracted by my fears and insecurities

By what seem like huge stumbling blocks

That I realize today were quite defeatable

 

Hindsight really is a bitch!

 

So back to the dream deferred

Perhaps I’ll find my way back to it

 

Or perhaps, it will just die!!

 

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Self-image

 

She looks in the mirror, and thinks:

 

I don’t hate myself, really

I just can’t stand my hair, my eyes

My thighs, my feet, my nose, my teeth, my stomach,

My weak, brittle nails

 

I love that I know this about myself,

That I am in touch with myself

 

You really should try to do the same

 

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Being

 

To be or not to be

Was the question asked a long time ago

 

But I ask you today

Is it worth it to just “be”

Without knowing, and feeling

Teaching and suffering

Without pain??

 

Like the pain of blistered feet from countless suffrage and freedom marches

The fear and terror from police dogs snapping at your heels

The apprehension, doubts and second-guessing

While waiting for an amendment, a supreme court decision

 

Have you ever felt such, known such, learned about such

Acts of determination, motivation, self-sacrifice??

 

Tap into your history, feel and share the struggles of our ancestors

 

READ! READ! READ!

 

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Status quo

 

Loft in the sky: glass and concrete

Mile high

Tower over mindless crowd

Floating down sidewalk

 

Glares that blind

Bounce off spotless cars

Numbers and letters scoffing at walkers

 

Reach the suburban plateau

Stainless steel elevators rising

From the underground, hustle

To the heart of greed and self-fulfillment

 

Enter portals of stagnation

Rest on laurels of achievement

Flick wrist, shine of watch: time bought

Never owned

© Cynthia McOliver

Cynthia McOliver is a Nigerian-American who loves photography, traveling, eating and poetry. She has a son and a loving mother who is willing and gladly taking care of him while she attends graduate school.

posted 7 November 2005 

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The New Jim Crow

Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

By Michele Alexander

Contrary to the rosy picture of race embodied in Barack Obama's political success and Oprah Winfrey's financial success, legal scholar Alexander argues vigorously and persuasively that [w]e have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it. Jim Crow and legal racial segregation has been replaced by mass incarceration as a system of social control (More African Americans are under correctional control today... than were enslaved in 1850). Alexander reviews American racial history from the colonies to the Clinton administration, delineating its transformation into the war on drugs. She offers an acute analysis of the effect of this mass incarceration upon former inmates who will be discriminated against, legally, for the rest of their lives, denied employment, housing, education, and public benefits. Most provocatively, she reveals how both the move toward colorblindness and affirmative action may blur our vision of injustice: most Americans know and don't know the truth about mass incarceration—but her carefully researched, deeply engaging, and thoroughly readable book should change that.—Publishers Weekly

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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