I am an educator in a couple of Milwaukee Public Schools and I engage youth between the ages of 14 to 21. As part of a homework assignment, I asked my class to tell me how they see themselves. To model the level of thought I wanted to see in their poems I completed my own. The purpose of the poem is to give you a snapshot into how I see myself. I could have told you I see myself in every woman of the African Diaspora, but I decided to honor the names, the victories, the struggles and the relationship I have to the women listed below.
History, the bitter memory of this country’s injustice:
I am the we’ll rape you and say you wanted it, beat you and say you deserved it, and force pregnancy upon you then take your family, they belong on the auction block, too!