We Are All Kin

By QS

You are our sons and daughters
Whether we birth you into this world or not

That’s what the elders would say to the babies
While telling ancient stories around the village cooking pot

Our ancestors, when I close my eyes, I see and talk with them
Praying when I reach the promised land I’m worthy to walk with them

Never forget where you come from
The blood that runs through your veins

Beware, the white man will try to make you believe we are different
When genetically we are all the same

You must know the truth to free yourselves
Don’t be fooled by the pale man’s old divide and conquer game

Go research your history books
Uncover the lies they’ve been telling you
And when you find out the truth for yourself
You’ll realize the jewels I’ve dropped on you are true

Use your mind!
Stand up and be counted Black man
No one will do it for you
Only the man looking back at you in the mirror can

They hear the war cries (fear of the Black Planet)
The white man’s greatest nightmare has come

All the beautiful shades of Blackness once separated by lies
Now united by truth, marching as one

I said it before and I’ll say it again
Once we take the mental blindfold off our third eye
That’s the moment we will realize
We are all kin

Comments

  1. Judy Mandel says

    Beautifully written and important.

  2. I know this aims more directly at the history of Black Americans (and/or Black people in general regardless of nationality), but it really spoke to me in regards to all victimized races under white colonizers–like Native Americans. I loved your specific active imagery like “go research your history books,” “war cries,” and “marching as one.” Although historically there have been movements to increase awareness and accessibility of non-white-washed American history. I read an article about how ridiculous it is to make Native Americans today pay to take classes to learn about their own history when it is institutions run by white people who have essentially imprisoned that information. With Black history too, I definitely didn’t learn about events like the Tulsa Riots/massacre or specific events of even the Civil Rights movement (aside from Rosa Parks and MLK Jr) until I went and researched it as an adult. This is all to say that I really appreciated the meaning behind your poem!

  3. I love this poem. It is very true; we are the base of the world and there is so much hatred from white supremacists and just people in general. They don’t see that like you said, we are all the same. We all bleed if we’re cut or bruise when we fall. As different as we are, we are as alike as it gets and we are kin! Awesome poem!

  4. Kendall Whitman says

    My favorite part of the poem is never forget where you came from. I think this shows how important it is to live by your true morals in life and to always express your real feelings to find peace.

  5. QS, thank you for this poem! I love the message and how much empowerment, connection, and passion come through when I read it. The first two stanzas: “You are our sons and daughters/
    Whether we birth you into this world or not/That’s what the elders would say to the babies/
    While telling ancient stories around the village cooking pot” conjures such a strong image and really drew me into what you had to say. All the best, Maya

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