Aug. 25, 2022

Call Me Uncle Tom

Aug. 25, 2022

Call Me Uncle Tom


CALL ME UNCLE TOM
Just Know Black History

You can call me an Uncle Tom
Because I know my history
Uncle Tom’s real life should be no mystery
You see the Uncle Tom I learned about
stood proud and straight
The Uncle Tom I learned about didn’t bow to no bigot’s feet
The Uncle Tom I learned about walked with Harriett and Frederick
The Uncle Tom I learned about was fearless, principled, and defiant
So call me Uncle Tom because I this Uncle’s lineage
This Uncle Tom drove the enslaved to freedom time and again
The Uncle Tom I learned about even built his own Blackman’s kingdom
He named his town Dawn because he sought a new age
The Uncle Tom I learned about fought oppression with inner rage
The Uncle Tom I learned was feted by a Prime Minister and Kings
So call me Uncle Tom and I’ll remark back to you my Uncle’s name is Josiah but I am proud to be Uncle Tom to you.

Joseph Hall
Aug. 24, 2022

Where Do Our Ancestors Spirits Roam

Aug. 24, 2022

Where Do Our Ancestors Spirits Go

Where do the spirits of our ancestors roam
Knowing that America is still not our home
Where do Denmark and Nat agitate?
Where do Frederick and Booker T surmise
While they both still witness the Blackman in America’s demise
Where do Ida Belle and Fannie Lou debate
While in America racists and bigots still relish black hate
Where do Monroe Trotter and Timothy Fortune’s spirits thrive
Not in America where black communities still struggle to survive
Where do the spirits of Emmitt and Medgar go
When every four years politicians put on a minstrel show
Where do Zora and Langston’s spirits write
Certainly not in America where black communities still aren’t treated right
Where does Harriett go when there’s still literally millions to save
You think Malcolm and Martin are lying comfortable in their graves
You think Biggie, 2Pac, and Gil Scott are in the graveyards versing
While black communities are submersing and dead black children’s momma’s are cursing
Where do the spirits of our ancestors roam
Knowing that America is still not our home
Where do Denmark and Nat agitate?
Why does America still hate?
That reparations check is definitely late

Joseph Hall
Aug. 23, 2022

Standing Erect