by Sai Murray
A Reminder for Our Liberal Selves:
Black people are systematically destroyed by the media and the marketers
as well as by police bullets.
Black voices are destroyed by well-meaning White voices
We do know… it’s Christmas
We know what time it is
We have known the time, calculated the time
lived in rhythm with the moon cycle and seasons for millennia
We are best placed to speak on “Black issues”
We are also well placed to speak on issues other than “Black issues”
For as we know
as we have been forced to learn,
forced to abandon our languages, adopt and adapt new ones:
the oppressed will always know more about their oppressor
than the oppressor can ever know about them.
So we do not let Black faces on stage fool us
into believing power structures have fundamentally changed
Black faces in the boardroom
Black faces in the White House
In ‘liberal’ newspapers
Fronting TV shows…
Black faces in uniform.
And if the White Supremacist structure of the White House
the boardroom, the entertainment industry, the news media,
how far can Black Words within these platforms make a difference?
Can we use the master’s tools to knock down and build new houses?
Can Black words in well-meaning well-read media platforms
surrounded by ads for corporations that continue to profit from our deaths…?