By Tawana “Honeycomb” Petty
I got a fever for the flavor of liberation,
a quenching for the thirst of vindication.
A country built on slavery must pay reparations,
or at the very least stop their racial propagation.
Black bodies still suffer from redlining,
then get displaced from safe havens by gentrification.
They poison our water and attack our education,
shut down our schools, then call us uneducated.
“It is our duty to fight for our freedom.
“I believe that we will win,”
but we must resist the racism
calling us to “make America great again.”
Tawana “Honeycomb” Petty is a mother, social justice organizer, youth advocate, poet and author. She was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and is intricately involved in water rights, digital justice and visionary organizing work in Detroit. Tawana is a past recipient of the Spirit of Detroit Award, the Woman of Substance Award, the Women Creating Caring Communities Award, and the Detroit Awesome Award, and she was recognized as one of Who’s Who in Black Detroit in 2013 and 2015. She is the author of Introducing Honeycomb and Coming Out My Box. Visit her website at honeycombthepoet.com.
Reading recommendation: Tawana “Honeycomb” Petty’s Come Out My Box, in which “Don’t Make America Great Again” was originally published.