L. B. Mek

black lives matter: Too

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

June 2020

Comments5

  • dusk arising

    It's a disgrace after all the history I have witnessed that this is still so necessary. Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela so publicly devoted their lives to the right for equality for all races. YET THE COUNTRY WHO LIKES TO THINK IT IS A WORLD LEADER IN HUMAN RIGHTS HAS A DISGUSTING DIRTY SECRET.

    Your piece today is a well written statement of fact and ends with hope and expectation..... as do we all.

    • L. B. Mek

      in hope we Trust!
      although I think my tone lacks a truly comprehensive perspective on the status of this situation in 2020, for one thing I don't mention the millions of Heroes that empathise, march and Hope with us, but don't share the Sun kissed skin we were born in.

    • Neville


      ... I could have gone off on one myself L.B .. but I'm just gonna cut and paste the sage words of Dusk Arising who said it all so bloomin eloquently ...

      Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela so publicly devoted their lives to the right for equality for all races. YET THE COUNTRY WHO LIKES TO THINK IT IS A WORLD LEADER IN HUMAN RIGHTS HAS A DISGUSTING DIRTY SECRET...

    • Laura

      L. B. Mek,

      Naville’ s comment, “...I could have gone off on one myself”, applies to many
      I’m sure.

      A write that will stir many emotions!

      Thank you for sharing.

      Laura🌻

      • L. B. Mek

        outed truth: however much turmoil it surfaces, is far - far better than festering resentment and lies, hovering with the capacity of mount Vesuvius,
        so let us all write and voice the inequality's that plague our humanity

      • AwHec8

        Love your Poem L.B.Mek. Don
        Some might not know this also,
        That recently a woman who worked at a government tourist office for over 8 years was let go after all those years of hard work doing so well there was only Good Reports in her file. Yet let go she was because of the color of her skin. This is still going on here in the u.s. but she filed a discrimination suit and fought to win her back pay plus a settlement. Now if Black Lives Mattered she wouldn't have been fired in the 1st place. Thing is when this "white power supremacist" had finished with getting rid of an Asian women with over 25 years to end up with an all white work force he left to go onto a private sector job. So it shows how far we need to keep going radically so here in America. We absolutely need to stand together as The People, because Black Lives Matter. Just Saying

        • L. B. Mek

          passion is useful, it helps fuel the momentum needed to burn through the red tape and sky scraper obstacles we have to face, but we must walk the path of Civil Disobedience and not Bloodshed, so whilst we lament, hope and act: it is Gandhi and Dr King's example we should aspire to!
          thank you for your detailed case study example and impassioned comment

          • AwHec8

            Amen.

          • Goldfinch60

            Very true words LB. Through all my long life I have treated everyone with equal respect no matter what race, gender or sexuality. In this day and age I would have thought (and hoped) that this would now apply to everybody.
            I agree with d a's words.

            Andy

            • L. B. Mek

              there is progress and plenty of empathy, but every inch of progress achieved is relinquished so unwillingly, and fought for: one generation at a time, that's the true tragedy
              still in one way or another we all share in Dr King's dream of equality: for all!
              thanks Andy



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