"Taking Up Space"

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When Africans were Taken


Some 400 years ago

the unruly Whites

began the mentality

that the inferior Negro

lay bound in shackles.

Years-long practices in abuse

pressed silent wonderings.

Dark ebony skin

were bound and forgotten,

disdain and denied. 

They tried to justify

the division of two worlds.

They fondled our own

with intimate moments.

They took our name,

our people,

our bodies,

our lives.

There was no remedy.

They felt entitled to our

black men and women.

One can not help

but to look back on this.

We were denied freedom.

Our people were forgotten

when Africans were taken

and made slaves.

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