Equity – Adewale Sobowale

The picture was taken in Yonge Street Mission Lobby!

Every life does matter;

When we assume only black lives matter,

aren’t we burying ourselves in an abyss of no return?

Aren’t we sinking to the low of the colonizers?

Who were inhuman to our forbears in exporting them,

unwillingly like chattels to their plantations?

I can feel our pains

I can feel our trauma

arising from over four centuries of slavery

when over fifteen million men,

women and children

were savagely kidnapped

and taken across the Atlantic

Many died on the way

Many were raped

So many were maimed

Those who got to the West

were sold like commodities of little value

The suffering continued

They were made to work wagelessly

In summer, spring, fall and especially winter!

Have you ever wondered

how unwell they were dressed in winter?

That’s if they were dressed at all!

It was total inhumanity of man to his fellow man

If we should think of the bite of a tsetse fly

Our bodies we’ll scratch to bare bones

Let’s ask for reparations

And equity

Everyone should be treated like humans

We should be colour blind


All MEN are equal!

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