An elephant in the classroom
Unheard voices from slavery
So essential to understanding
How past is prelude
To inequities we now see
Like segregated schools
More prevalent than in the 60s
Though seeing is not feeling
Empathy for those struggling
In the critical race about race
With no finish line in sight
As if generation after generation
Procreate racists in afterlives
Amorphously squiggly entities
Not always easy to identify
When few think they are
As if no one is
Much like getting rid of crime
The endgame being to contain
Leaving to generation next
To constitute a majority
In the critical race about race
Armed with a powerful ally
The voices from slavery
History’s gift to children.