‘Dirty White Hands’ by Brittany Henriques

Ten fingers deep into the land of the free
Dirty white hands digging deep inside of me
Raping me
My Culture
My Pride
My Dignity

Ten fingers deep into the land of the free
The blood and bones of my ancestors
Lies beneath
the cold concrete
Of the justice system that cheated me

Ten fingers deep into the land of the free
Innocent until proven guilty
But our land has still been claimed
And white people are still the ones to blame
For my peoples undying pain

Ten fingers deep into the land of the free
Our country’s prosperity is our diversity
Prime Ministers chant with utter certainty
But the Holes in the system prove the contrary

Ten fingers deep into the land of the free
And I can’t help but wonder
As I sit here and ponder
how it all began
with dirty white hands
stealing the land of another man

 


BRITTANY HENRIQUES is a passionate Journalism student at Concordia University minoring in human rights. A deep thinker, and lover of all art in its strangest forms, Brittany spends her time drinking large amounts of coffee, admiring dogs and working on her poetry book when she isn’t writing articles. Deeply inspired by Humans of New York, her biggest dream is to one day become a visual journalist and travel around the globe to give a voice to those who are silenced.

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