PAD Challenge Day 24: What If…?
PAD Challenge Day 24: Write a question poem.
What if the shoe was on the other foot
and Native Americans invaded Europe
and colonized your country?
What if they assassinated ninety
percent of your people?
Enslaved your kin
on your own homeland
made you face ethnic cleansing
and called it Manifest Destiny
What if they named a Chief from
every tribe as your Founding Fathers?
Would you feel Thankful at Thanksgiving?
Would you feel independent on
Or full of mourning after a Trial of Tears?
What if the tables were turned
and African Descents formed an
alliance with Native Americans
Rowed boats like the White Lion and
Clotila to the coast of Europe
Set up ports to kidnap your
precious white men, women, and children
Cramped and pinned their malnourished
and dehydrated bodies down to foul floors
Humiliated your men
Raped your mothers and children
back-to-back across the Atlantic
until settled in the New World.
What if your white mothers and
fathers were separated from their children?
What if your family names and
traditions were erased,
English swallowed and replaced
Skin beat down and marked up just to
be oiled by lard and placed on sale at auctions
What if the darker version of your hue was
put against the lighter version of you?
What if you were a slave under a constitution
that begin with “we the people” next to
“secure the Blessings of Liberty”?
What if you were dog-tired from getting
beat and beat and beat again to death because
you crave the emancipation of freedom?
What if Jim Crow
disenfranchise your life?
What if you were falsely accused, imprisoned,
brutally shot or killed by law enforcement
or lynched then set on fire?
What if your houses met burning crosses?
What if the Black Panthers dressed
like the KKK and terrorized you,
stringed riots after riots against your civil rights?
What if you were water hosed down, spit on at diners,
and attacked by police dogs?
What if your churches were bombed,
and houses and businesses set on fire?
What if you were denied employment,
equal opportunities, and admission to HBCUs?
What if your whole culture was
disrespected and turned into a minstrel show?
What if your history was excluded
from the history books?
What if your ancestors were forgotten
discredited for their contributions?
What if you fit the description or was killed unarmed?
What if you were seen as inadequate?
What if your people were still suffering,
generations after generations?
What if your people were still weary about
tomorrow and the future of their babies?
What if the grass was not green
on the other side for you in America?
|'From Nothing Comes a Queen"|
Artist Romeo Clay Robinson
Photo taken by Danielle Robinson
From Houston, Texas viewing at
Houston Museum of African American Culture