Colored Conversation

A fictional conversation between black ancestors and white ancestors based on my understanding of public dialogue around this issue.




Blacks: We built America!

Whites: You may think so, but let's put it into perspective. We bought you, we shipped you here, we paid for the resources, materials, and expertise to build an economic system for our families.

Blacks: So what about all the hours of labor our forefathers should have been paid for?

Whites: We gave you a place to live, we bought you to the land of opportunities for your children to be born here and live as second-class citizens which is a step up from your sh*t****le countries, we fed you and we keep feeding you.

Blacks: How are you feeding me when we went to school and play by the rules, graduated with honors, and are still overlooked for the jobs we qualify for? We even reject our own identity and community to show you that we are loyal and now qualify to be at your table.

Whites: That's just it, it is our table.

Blacks: But I tried to build my own and the system doesn't work for me.

Whites: I know you are trying to build it in my home.

Black Kids: But I was born here. This is my home. I am an American.

Whites: You may think so, but let me tell you what your fore-parents failed to tell you, We gave you a place to live, we bought you to the land of opportunities for your children to be born here and live as second-class citizens which is a step up from your sh*t****le countries, we fed you and we keep feeding you.

Black Kids: Huh?!

A Work history, and an economic legacy, are two very different things.


Rewind:


Blacks: Where my ancestors originate from is my homeland, where my travels take me is my place of opportunity.


I own my time. I own my story. I create my own legacy, not just work history.


It’s time for ownership.


Written by Racquel Reece

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