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You think we don't know but we do

Updated: Jan 10

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I had a hard time writing this. Really hard time. A moment of deep truth.


Are you "you"? Are you "we"?



You think we don’t know but we do


You think we don’t know that you are conditioned to believe you’re superior to black people


We know. It’s in your DNA


You think we don’t know that you are fearful of unleashed, unsuppressed, free Black people


We know. It’s in your DNA


You think we don’t know that Black people are the root of your existence in America


Without us you wouldn't have and won't survive


We know. It’s in your DNA


We are you


We are your money which is everything to you


We made you wealthy


We are the foundation of your riches


You purchased us just as you purchased your land and used us as equity


We surveyed your land


We plowed your fields


We planted your crops


We picked your cotton


We prepared your food


We nourished your souls


We fed your children


We sexually satiated your spouses


We bore your children


You don’t think we know but we do


You don’t think we know that you need us to entertain you


We do. It’s in your DNA


You don’t think we know that we provide the barometer for what is culturally popular.


You don’t think we know that we make you feel comfortable


Everything we do has been designed to make you feel comfortable


You designed it that way and we know that


We built your houses


We made your furniture


We trained your horses and raised your children


We designed your homes


We built your kitchens


We served your meals


We managed and tolerated your intoxication


We cared for your souls


You think we don’t know Black people fighting Black people makes it easier for you


Easier for you to place blame


Easier for you to talk about us behind our backs


You think we don’t know but we do


You think we don’t know about your compartmentalized feelings in regards to class


We know where your definition of class puts us


It’s in your DNA


You think we don’t know what you know


You think we don’t know that you have to have the last word, make the final decision and hold the power of choice to make change


We know. It’s in your DNA


You stunted and stole our education


You chose what we should know and how we should know it


You think we don't know that you created rules and laws to ensure we won’t know what you know


We know. It’s in your DNA


You can’t run from it


If you try to it will catch up to you just like the blackness of my skin


I can’t run away from it


If I ever wanted to you wouldn't let me


I love and I am proud of my blackness


I choose to learn about my history and not carry guilt from my past


You think we don’t know you’re running away from your past


We do. It’s in your DNA


You think we don’t know that given the facts you will do everything you can to deny them


You try hard to run away from the history of your people but you can’t


It’s in your DNA


I’m in your DNA


We are a part of you


We are America


We all really know


You just think we don’t but we do


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ERIC JORDAN YOUNG

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