HUD secretary

I am far less perturbed
by what Ben Carson said
than by the mean-spirited
(and dare I say it, racist)
criticism he received for saying it.

If by calling them “immigrants”
he was trying to give enslaved Africans
some sense of agency,
it may indeed be time
to correct that narrative anyway.

Many kidnapped Africans
committed middle passage suicide,
jumping off the ships.
Those who remained
hoped to make the best of it,
like all immigrants.


& If you think you are somehow
because of the type of ship
that brought your ancestors
to these shores –
or because of the piece of paper
your parents presented (or didn’t)
at the border,
you are one sick bastard
and you have totally missed
the meaning of being.

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Author: Raymond Maxwell Librarian, archivist, retired foreign service officer and Navy veteran.

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