This should not be happening in 2020.

We are living in a time which promotes equality for all;

No one should be hated.

But others haven’t seemed to have gotten the memo.

2020 has proved that.

The thorns on a deeply rooted bush

Still blind some eyes to the injustice happening all around us,

And it blossoms hate speech, racism and police brutality

Instead of kindness, sympathy and love.

The plant needs to be rooted out for good.

A shrub without beauty isn’t worth keeping,

Even if it has been there for centuries.

Slowly the roots are being unearthed,

Taking with it statutes defining racism, prejudice and hate

And in its place a new bush can be planted.

People are now realising that things need to change.

We are not just fighting for the justice of one man’s death

But all the brutality and inequality the Black community has faced.

People cannot be made to feel lesser because of their skin colour.

Skin pigment doesn’t define a human being;

What’s definable is their character.

And right now, the people who are criminal

Aren’t the ones who die innocently. 

What’s being planted now is a seed of positivity.

Only now are we seeing that Black means Beautiful.

Hair, clothing, bodies, culture.

Only now are we seeing the Black community as Brave.

Fighting police peacefully, angrily, online or in person. Anything to be heard.

Only now are we recognising the Black community as Talented.

Books, television, film, music; Oscars, BAFTA’s, Golden Globes.

It’s sad that only now this is the case,

But the step forward that we are making now

Should be a forever step forwards.


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