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Reparation

Poet: Ken Jordan
Poem: Reparation
Edited by: Sparkle Jordan
written: July/2014


Why  can't we 
get paid?

We want 
our
reparation,

for 
lost wages
of
our labor,

since
the
Atlantic Slave
Trade- began

Reparations
for pain 
and
suffering,

from being 
auctioned 
as 
commodity,

to
racist
White men -

We were sold 
off,

to 
different 
slave owners,  

displacing us
from our 
mother, father, 
sister, 
and 
brother, forever -

We demand
to be 
compensated,

for our
separation 
from 
family -

We want reparation
for
false imprisonment 
as slave's.

Why can't we 
get paid?

What we want
is
Retroactive Reparations -

It's the only 
way

that 
we can
catch up 
financially,

to 
the descendants
of 
white slave owners,

who profited 
from 
our hard labor.

We want 
to be 
compensated,

from 
1619 to 1865 -

 246 years of slavery.

Why can't we 
get paid?

Native Americans 
                   got reparations -
Japanese 
                   got reparations -
Jews
                   got reparations -

African Americans
                   No reparations -

Africans
                  No reparations

Jamaicans
                   No reparations

Black Skin
                   No reparations

And
the only thing
that 
you can 
say is,

We're sorry!?

America,
We 
do not 
accept 
your apology,

for 
your Dark
and 
Ugly past -



No apology, 
will ever
be 
enough.

America,
You must be
held
accountable,

for what
you've done -

Why can't we 
get paid?

Every 
African American
living
is 
a descendant 
of
slavery -

Owed over
trillions
of
dollars
in reparations -

Why can't we 
get paid?

We died
 in
uncountable 
numbers 
at sea,

en route 

to 
the New World -

Once here,
our death rate 
soared,

we 
encountered
horrific deaths:

Beatings,
Diseases,
Lynchings,
and
Starvation -

So Listen Up
America!

Why can't we 
get paid?




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