An African holds a sign that says "For freedom we shall lay down our lives. The struggle continues"

Up Above My Head

a struggle against settler colonial dispossession is a struggle against u.s. military aid budgets is a struggle against borders bred in blood is a struggle against rubberized steel is a struggle against embargo economics is a struggle against genocidal euphemisms is a struggle against flower beds trampled by tanks is a struggle against ahistorical immaterialism is a struggle against occupation checkpoints is a struggle against police curfews is a struggle against national guard sleepovers is a struggle to assert a new reality a new reality is the birth of a new human is a new idea of community a new idea of community is a struggle against propaganda confusion if you are confused the enemy is usually fully protected by riot shields is usually standing over baby strollers laughing with one finger on the trigger is usually surrounding a teenager to protect a brick wall is usually not sweating while explaining why the air strike was necessary is usually not mentioning the children’s names the children’s names are struggles against forgetting are struggles against business as usual are struggles against bleach bombs are struggles against erasure erasure is a tool of the enemy the enemy is whoever tells you history is inconsequential is usually the furthest away from bloodshed the enemy wears a necktie around its tongue the enemy wants you to fight for your country the enemy won’t give you rights in your country unless you bleed for it to bleed for it is an unreality an unreality is a white identity a white identity is an extension of colonialism colonialism don’t stop cuz you ask nicely don’t stop cuz you tired don’t stop cuz it’s freezing in july don’t stop cuz polar bears is heat-stroked don’t stop cuz it’s had enough it don’t stop it don’t stop it just keeps repeating itself itself itself itself itself itself itself until a struggle against settler colonial dispossession becomes a struggle against u.s. military aid. 

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Darius Simpson is a writer, educator, performer, and skilled living room dancer from Akron, Ohio. His work has appeared in New Ohio Review, The Adroit Journal, Crab Creek Review, and others. Darius believes in the dissolution of empire and the total liberation of all Afrikans by any means available.