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What It Means To Be Black in 2021 [In celebration of Black History Month]

By:Karlton A. Armistad

By Andrew LittlePublished 2 years ago 2 min read
Photo courtesy of Surrey County Council 2021 BHM Campaign.

By : Karlton A. Armistad Date : 5th October, 2021


Global business owners, Presidents and Billionaires

The rise seems to have been achieved, believed

Still as some things change, and others seem strange

Blood on the streets, and on the sheets draped over another

Black body; who was the son, father or uncle of somebody

We still make up the highest population of what is now known as the Prison population.

Equality gets preached and stuffed in my face

Yet I am far from being treated equal still because of my Race.


I am lost in sea of global deceit and lies

Swam & won the race but not awarded the prize

They have found new tools to replace the chains and whips

Known to most as the ‘credit score’ and the ‘microchip’

Can’t purchase house or land without the 1st being high

Without the microchip on your hip, kiss your cash goodbye

Slavery has not ended, and carries on masked more sophisticated

Protest after protest bring yet more distress & no redress

Fed spoon after spoon of white privilege and still hated

Our day of justice never comes, and we remain oppressed.


Only 1 Man I am, and fight I will continue

For my race I will plead our case for our rights on every avenue

Street corner drug dealers, murderers & rapists

That is not who we are, so free us of these negative labels

Performers, Scientists and Psycho-therapists

Changing the face and understanding of the world’s power table

See us for Who we are and what we have fought to achieve

A change gon’ come our freedom song

Black is beautiful; believe

Photo Courtesy of The Team Time Book Shop, Online UK Store.


You will not break Us, and in ain’t from not trying

Acceptance commanded, equal rights demanded

Praying never to wipe the tears, or live through the fears

Of another murdered innocent black person’s mother crying

Red the colour of our blood, as black is the colour of our skin

Who gave you the right to have Us living in flight & fright

Hiding under the guise of religion and sin.


Observing where we have come in 2021

Shows we’ve won many battles, but the war carries on

We cannot be complacent or allows ourselves to be bought

The upliftment of our whole race, requires more than faith

You gott’s ta talk that talk and walk that walk

Stand with pride when asked to, help another brother up when you can too

Let’s innovate and elevate for a better generation of the human race.


performance poetry

About the Creator

Andrew Little

Carlton A. Armistad is the pseudonym for Andrew R. Little. I prefer writing under this as it allows me to look at any body of work I complete separate to my personal day-to-existence, and safeguards my relationships and family.

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