An Education of Discrimination — Spoken Word by JJ ‘Compass’

Lon­don based — spoken word artist  JJ ‘Com­pass’ expresses a needed truth !

An Edu­ca­tion of Dis­crim­in­a­tion 

So what’s the grounds for dis­crim­in­a­tion?
Female, poor, brown, from a dif­fer­ent nation?
Faith, face shape, sexu­al ori­ent­a­tion?
Abil­ity, polit­ics, lost gen­er­a­tions?

I’ve felt the for­ce,
Of ignor­ance with no remorse,
Telling me my melan­in,
Must dic­tate my course.

Like the skin, not what’s in,
Is where our des­tinies begin.
Yeah the his­tory is here,
But life’s not just where we’ve been.

I always try to live this,
Break free from the stiff­ness.
Not warped by the woes of the world,
That I’ve wit­nessed.

I remem­ber days past,
School pulled from stand­ard class.
For a spe­cial­ised pro­ject,
But to me it was a far­ce.

See, the inten­tion that was men­tioned,
Was the ignor­ance pre­ven­tion,
Of the struggle in our veins,
Of the chains and deten­tions.

For the know­ledge I was grate­ful,
I lay that on the table,
but so less impressed,
How we were sor­ted and labelled.

See with this pro­ject,
You could only get in,
If you had tanned, brown,
Black, Melan­in skin.

So while teach­er go on,
‘bout tak­ing pride in ‘our side’,
I can’t not notice,
This classroom apartheid.

It didn’t gel with me,
But she didn’t seem to see.
That we shouldn’t segreg­ate,
This Human His­tory.

See my blood bears,
Col­on­iser and Colony.
From both ‘sides’ stares,
But won’t let that bother me.

So, just as I,
Won’t split myself in half.
Neither should this know­ledge,
Be col­our filtered in class.

How can we decon­struct,
These social con­structs,
That have strangled so many,
Left so many so fucked.

If the very found struc­ture,
Of the sys­tem that we learn,
Can’t provide some instruc­tion,
To fix bridges that were burned?

-The times are a ‘chan­ging.
And we shall over­come.
So at this dawn­ing of a dream,
Let us rise, like the Sun.

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Lana Bell

Lana Bell

Author / Poetry Edit­or at I Am Hip-Hop 
Lana Bell, is an eight­een year old Lon­don­er who is based in Bris­tol. She is an emer­ging Spoken Word Artist, and the Poetry Edit­or for I Am Hip-Hop Magazine. She has been writ­ing for a dec­ade; though she has only been per­form­ing on from the age of fif­teen. She got into Hip-Hop music at four­teen, and she found a massive interest in Old Skl Sounds and the out­let that Hip-Hop music offered her.

About Lana Bell

Lana Bell
Lana Bell, is an eighteen year old Londoner who is based in Bristol. She is an emerging Spoken Word Artist, and the Poetry Editor for I Am Hip-Hop Magazine. She has been writing for a decade; though she has only been performing on from the age of fifteen. She got into Hip-Hop music at fourteen, and she found a massive interest in Old Skl Sounds and the outlet that Hip-Hop music offered her.

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