The Revolution Will Not Be Jeopardized — A Retrospection By Christopher D. Sims

The revolution will not be jeopardized,
not by weak attempts to create racial equity
by corporations, companies, or politicians
who are on some mission to brag or direct
attention towards their “efforts.”

The revolution will not be jeopardized, no.
Not by silence or complicity that dilutes
the work, the blood, sweat, and tears of
Ancestors whose names we say before we
modern day change-makers commit to action,
march, protest, burn shit down, challenge
institutional and systemic racism. No!

The revolution will not be jeopardized
by so-called progressives or liberals
who might find this work, these hard times
too difficult. The revolution’s language
will not change, our leaders will not be
bought out our owned by billion dollar
conglomerates who will then own our
voices or how we move from city to city,
from rally to rally.

The revolution will not be jeopardized
in elementary school or middle school
classrooms where students of color rise
to tell their stories or speak about being
policed in their schools, or face discriminatory
practices!

The revolution will not be jeopardized.
Not by politicians who will back down
or cave into questions from the media
who want a revolution to be glamorous,
or to wait, or to be a piece meal of
legislation that does not actually create
real liberation!

The revolution will not be jeopardized
or turned into a song that dies out eventually
that never served its purpose for helping to free
the people; for helping to heal communities;
for bringing unyielding awareness to the
hurts, struggles, and violence done unto
Black and Brown people.

The revolution will not be jeopardized,
it will not be controlled, it will not lose
its soul, it will not be reshaped or repurposed,
it will maintain its connection to the spirits
of Emmett Till, Breonna Taylor, Michael Brown,
Philando Castille, Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland,
George Floyd, Daunte Wright, and countless
others!

We cannot afford even the thought of our
revolution being lost!

The revolution will not be jeopardized!

Copyright Christopher D. Sims
April 27th, 2021

Writer, performance artist, and activist who writes about racism, anti-Blackness, and human rights struggles. A voice for truth and righteousness.