By Any Means

By any means necessary, I will not let another race dictate my success.

Not for the simple fact that it couldn’t, 

But for the simple fact that I am determined to progress.

You see, I come from a strong family and race

Which always shows solidarity, never afraid to stand up and stand out.

And sometimes known for praying for a better way out.

By any means necessary, I won’t let hardships change me.

I’ve accepted the fact that in order to change I have to start with me.

But it’s not as easy as it may seem.

My race has been thrown more than you can imagine

Especially if you do not look like me.

We’ve been thrown over 400 years of oppression, segregation,

And convicted of carrying our black history and pride

In hopes it would somehow motivate someone of our color.

Getting beat down for fitting the description of some unknown Mr. or Ms.

So now something good must come in your defense.

And if you’re lucky, maybe due to lack of evidence.

They must acquit.

That’s just how it goes, you know being black fits every crime

Says the people that’s making profit off of our black dime.

Maybe that’s why we always die on the front lines.

I guess if they’re making a dollar off of us

They’re not trying to make cents of our struggle

Or hear our stomachs rumble

When we are hungry for justice. 

By any means necessary my race will conquer others,

Transform lives in one way or another,

And never forget how to love each other.

 Because if we don’t have love, we don’t have anything.

Janee Washington
Janee Washington
Janee Washington is a Senior Mass Communications major from New Orleans, Louisiana. She will be a contributor for The Campus Chronicle for the 2023-2024 school year.


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