The Race Game

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 00:32 -- s.kweli

The Race Game

By: Syreeta Morgan

The issue of race and racial equality seems to be trending

Everyone wants to “take action”

Everyone wants to “help”

But do they really?

Your fellow teachers, professors, priests, neighbors

Everyone seems to be “fed up”

They want it to be put to a standstill

But to me?

They’re playing a game

A fun game

At least to them it’s fun

And here are the rules:

Rule 1: pretend to care

Rule 2: speak on it during public occasions

Rule 3: watch and read the news on each specific topic

Rule 4: go home and sit on your asses and act like you did something

And if you repeat the steps every time something breaks out

You’ll win

Trust me, it’s simple

And that’s the issue

Letting incidents like this continue and build up

Is hurting not only everyone else around you

But yourself as well

Put yourself in our shoes

Feel how we feel

Not witness, but become the victim

Then maybe, just maybe you’ll understand

Or will you?

Sad to say that things like this will and have not happened to you

Somethings may be similar, but not as bad

Who am I talking to?

You know exactly who..white folks

Yeah, I said it

Don’t act so surprised

You all won’t understand what we go thru

Because it hasn’t happened to you

And don’t say that it has

No matter how hard you’ll try to understand

It just won’t happen

So stop, stop with the pity parties and sob stories

So, if you want to help the situation listen to me

Stop playing this thing called, “The Race Game”

The game is not fun

The game is not entertaining

It’s ignorant

Disgusting

Sickening

So go ahead, play if you want

And see how far it gets ya.

 

Poetry Slam: 
This poem is about: 
My country

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