Bo Edward Lawrence

Rookie - 90 Points (August 28,1994 / Hartford, Ct)

Slaved Education - Poem by Bo Edward Lawrence

Why
as a black male I feel so underrated even from my own brothas
Maybe it's because we call each other nigga
because we are to ashamed and ignorant to comprehend that they were
Once enslaved by the very word NIGGA
My brotha,
far down your ancestry
Your great great dear aunty watches over the
ashamed.. and disgraced..
the very freedom she earned through all of her pain
I promise you If she could she would lynch you by your own chain
But she won't..
Hurt like stepping on a thumb tack
Failed education because marijuana became your new colon
Blacks dropping out of school to chase a street dream
We all suffer trying to get whips and chains
But I can bet your great aunty suffered from the same thing
Don't be clouded by the smoke from the black
Remember brother you black and the education you need that
In slavery they were afraid to educate a black man
Afraid of what vast secrets can be released
I stand before you today Asking
are we ignorant and enslaved as we were a 100 years ago
Are we bound..
Chained from light like a caged dog on a Sunday night
Why,
why did we give up or dreams,
Dreams of becoming strong educated and free
Education was always the key
Or maybe society advanced so far
and made it seem like we were locked out
But in reality we have become too weak to pick up the key
But why
Why are we so weak?
You tell me, what time, what season and who allowed us colored people to follow knee deep in our own sorrows where we allowed our dreams to be strangled by the root of evil,
Which made BLACK choose to play Russian roulette with their lives
Instead of educating each other, and themselves

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, December 10, 2011

Poem Edited: Saturday, December 10, 2011


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