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A Society’s Guide to Gaslighting

Prove
A world was stolen
Ancestors
Documents
Or one scrap of belonging
Or one connection to diaspora
Or Breathe
Prove
That history is not written by the creators
But victors greedy to remind
Worthiness
In this expanding universe
Is based on how well you
Prove
It can’t fall apart
When white guilt is
white shame
Is
White voices
Taking from
Hungry mouths
Desperate to
Prove
You are a
Potential candidate
Prove
You are
Willing to “give back”
To the system that murdered and oppressed
No
Conveniently forgets
No
Systematically possessed
The sold and obsessed
to
Prove
It happened
The way we say it happened
Because we saw it with our own eyes
But
Prove
You deserve to know why
Prove
The history you know
Isn’t tinged in blood
Of those who used it to
To write
To
Prove
Your capital
Prove
Your ancestors
Prove
Oh wait, would you like human rights with that?
Great, that’ll be…
Prove
They toiled their wisdom
They broke their backs
They were
Black
Fuck
Prove
They were there
Prove
Forget I said that
Prove
They didn’t exist
Prove
We stole a world from you
Prove
You are worthy
Prove
Home exists
Prove
I forget mama told you
Stories
Kept them warm beneath her breasts
Brought them hidden
Stories
Mama
Stories
That exist
A home
Beyond suffering
A home
Where you don’t have to
Prove
What is culture
Prove
Spoken lies
Prove
Spoken lies
between the lines
Of bleeding tongues
Resisting
Assimilation
Prove
Spirits exist
Prove
You’re not crazy
Prove
Mama, are you there?
Mama
Prove
You want to live
Prove
You chose to eat
Prove
The hand
That feeds you
Stories
His stories
While you cry
For safe keeping
Underneath mama’s breasts
An ocean away
A wall apart
They exit
Prove
They exist
Prove
That just happened
Prove
You want to know
Prove
You deserve it
Prove
Where home is
Prove
It happened
Prove
It happened
Prove
It happened

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