is that better
has that additional word
addressed your bruised sensibilities?
All lives matter, indeed
but not all lives need to campaign, from one generation to the next
just to be afforded more ‘rights’, ‘considerations’ or outright verification
of their status as ‘fellow’ human beings, to be acknowledged
to be rewarded: the very equality
they inherited from that first breath.
Is ‘black’ the most significant word in that hashtag, or ‘matter’
as-in, that very same thing that the entire known universe is steeped in
as-in, that very same atom grouping that forms All human beings
as-in, that divisive ‘subject’ - ‘notion’, humanity has been battling
from its very creation:
that one life, is somehow superior to another.
Slavery abolished; apologies made, Ku Klux Klan: broken up
paying for their forefather’s mistakes
it just needs time, ‘they’re doing what they can, right?’
Look at the tick boxes, on application forms
and minimum diversity percentage requirements in workplaces
surely, progress is being made?
Only, ‘broken-up’ is not quite broken-down and out?
Only, ‘paying-for’ still, in 2020 has no mention of Reparations, or why
‘Special Field Orders No. 15’, was reversed – in just two years, or why
‘Henrietta Wood’ remains, a solitary case?
Only, those ‘tick boxes’ and diversity percentage targets tell companies of the minimum
and their stats year on year hover just over that figure, somehow – by sheer coincidence
only rising when government laws increase that minimum threshold, by force…
Some, mindless self-serving individuals, choose to riot and not protest with their fellow kind
(you’ll see the consequences as front-page covers, aside ‘clean-up bill’ headlines)
some, will let their emotions command their actions and cause isolated cases of infractions
some, will be overwhelmed by years of suppressed frustrations: will ‘lash-out’ and ‘act-out’
but most, will walk - walking-on from where the last mass protest’s progressions, faltered
cooled or were outright impeded.
Comparisons aplenty in history’s dust, so we too empathise
with others whose heritage is stamped with our plight, but excuse us
if we’re utilising blinkered goggles for our navigation
as we’re still waiting
to see the Sea’s - part and pave a path for an end
to the systemic oppression: reality, of our everyday life!
© L. B. Mek