Being black means suffering,
going through hell,
being treated as "less than" because of our blackness.
Being black is being labeled as "angry"
when we speak our minds.
Being black is being labeled as "ghetto"
when we use basic slang.
Being black means enduring pain,
and violence due to our blackness.
Being Black is the fury we feel
when someone says "All Lives Matter."
If "All Lives Matter,"
then why are so many Black Lives being taken?
On this day,
let's remember those who came before us.
Those who waited years for freedom.
They may still be fighting today for long-overdue equality.
All Lives can't Matter
until Black Lives Matter.
In honor of Juneteenth, I wrote this poem to emphasize the importance of the holiday and Black Lives.