Emancipation

For trespassing Africa the Motherland, no charge

For disturbing my peace, no charge

For capturing me, no charge

For destroying families, no charge

For shipping me across the oceans, no charge

For stripping me of my language, no charge

For prohibiting my customs, no charge

For violating my way of life, no charge

For not housing me properly, no charge

For traumatizing my children, no charge

For the murder of those lost at sea, no charge

For the unpaid labor forced on me, no charge

For lack of rest and recreation, no charge

For lack of food, no charge

For lack of education, no charge

For lack of health care, no charge

For the lashes and abuse, no charge

For the insults and disrespect, no charge

For the enduring torture, no charge

For the rape of women and children, no charge

For delayed so-called freedom, no charge

For so-called freedom without compensation, no charge

For oppression that endures, no charge

For the racism, no charge

For the discrimination, no charge

For the lack of reparation, no charge

For lack of respect, no charge

For lack of employment opportunities, no charge

For lack of fair housing, no charge

For lack of equal justice, no charge

For the lack of voting rights, no charge

For the reality of voter suppression, no charge

For the lack of economic justice, no charge

For the lack of social and cultural justice, no charge

For your unwillingness to listen, no charge

For your unwillingness to act, no charge

For your unwillingness to see and hear, no charge

For the continued suffering, no charge

For enabling the hate, no charge

For not seeing me, no charge

For killing me, no charge

For all of this and more, no charge

Emancipation, honestly

You got yours

Mine is still pending

Glenn Schmidt,

For the Ancestors,

St. Eustatius