Skip to main content

who said
the Ocoees
the Rosewoods
the Chattahoochees
the Elaines
the Tulsas
were over ?

who said
our Red Summers
had gone with the wind ?

who said
we should study
the Middle Passage
as an antiquated
archaeological dig ?

who said
there is
no genocide aforethought
when yet another Black massacre
takes place today
in Buffalo
with electronic premeditation
so virally planned

who said
we were the architects
of replacement
when eugenics
and ethnic cleansing
are avowedly their tools ?

who said
we had forgotten ?

who said
our memory lies as buried
as the bones of the slain ?

who said ?

(C) Julia Wright 18 May, 2022


IBW21 (The Institute of the Black World 21st Century) is committed to enhancing the capacity of Black communities in the U.S. and globally to achieve cultural, social, economic and political equality and an enhanced quality of life for all marginalized people.