WE RISE, AGAIN. BY HENRY 7. RENEAU, JR.

Inspired by the words of Luis Antonio Pichardo, Founder &


Executive Director of DSTL Arts




In this time of pandemic protest &


rebellion many have declared


that they believe in fighting for


Social Justice &


Equity for all. But many


have not reflected a history


of doing precisely that. Have not


historically


acknowledged our Diaspora.




As a boy


as a teen & as a Black man


I have been profiled.


I have been followed.


I have been stopped


for no reason &


handcuffed


because I fit the description.


I have been harassed &


detained & manhandled by police.




I don't believe all cops


are racist thugs. Some


really want to protect & Serve. Think


of trying to empty


a vast ocean of racism brutality &


murder with a teaspoon. Or


if one cop is a racist murdering thug


& ten thousand cops stand by &


do nothing


then ten thousand


& one cops


are racist murdering thugs. Period.




To do nothing


is just as bad as


doing the wrong something. As bad as


white supremacy's


fear of dark bodies as bad as stereotyped


into a fear of me. I cannot forget that


I am not equal that we


are not equal.


But I have learned


to live with that damaging fact


because


our voices have immense worth


accumulated through


centuries of being


intoned.




We are not a footnote. Are not a trend.


We are as many


as you can think of plus one more.




I will no longer lightly walk behind


a one of you who fear me:


Be afraid.






Note/: Italicized quote by June Jordan from


I Must Become a Menace to My Enemies.