What Does It Mean?

 

What does it mean?

To know that your blood flows thick with the strength of your ancestors from deep in the motherland

And simultaneously flows with the violence of colonialism

What does it mean?

To be half the oppressor

And half the oppressed.

What does it mean?

When your blood runs thick with the resiliency of those who were enslaved

And simultaneously runs thick with the evil of those carrying the whip

What does it mean?

To be half the oppressor

And half the oppressed.

What does it mean?

When your blood flows with the bravery of those who faced the fire hose

And simultaneously flows with the cowardice of white womens tears

What does it mean?

To be half the oppressor

And half the oppressed.

When my ancestors look down at me

What do they see?

 
Elise Ashkin-Baker