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15 October 2020

Black History Month poem: I think we have some questions

This poem was authored by Farah Doctor, Legal Administrator and Future Trainee Solicitor, for Black History Month 2020.

What makes us different?

Is that the question of the moment?

Should we really have bias based on the colour of our skin?

How do you interact with a stranger compared to your next of kin?

Should Statues be abolished? Should we know all of these answers?

When does appreciation become cultural appropriation for dancers?

But I guess we must be in a crisis?

If we choose to deny our societal vices?

Because it does not make sense?

One side of politics sitting on the fence?

But does the other side really give us hope?

Or are their positive messages just a means to cope?

Did it have to take the life of another black man, George Floyd?

To reignite a revolution or a movement that fixes this void?

Why did it take the life of a young black woman, Breonna Taylor?

And why does the injustice towards her family feel like a global failure?

But surely these questions are not to be only directed at the US?

Is it not a responsibility of every country to resolve this mess?

But maybe we should be starting with some difficult conversations?

So that one day we can all have a better understanding of race relations?

If you have any reactions to these questions, can you please let us know?

Because there is no way we can ignore this issue, or at least I hope so.

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