The Way This Woman Compares Moros To Race Issues In America Will Blow Your Mind

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Elizabeth Acevedo, a Dominican poet from NYC, is bringing attention to racial tensions in the U.S. through… food. In her powerful poem, “Beloved or If You Are Murdered Tomorrow,” Acevedo uses the rice-and-bean dish moros y crisitianos, not to whet your appetite, but to open your mind. This, kids, is what it means to be woke and brilliant.

The first thing Elizabeth Acevedo does is break down the name of the dish.

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The black beans represent the Moors and the white rice represent the Christians. “The black beans and white rice cooked harmoniously in one dish,” says Acevedo.

But with the increased violence against black people by police in this nation has her convinced that…

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We have become so numb to violence that when another black death makes it to the TV or Twitter, it gets lost in the news cycle…

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According to Acevedo’s poem, when you forget the beans on the stove, they boil. The beans break and the contents spill into the liquid. A reminder of the spilled blood that is becoming far too common in this country.

But Acevedo says we can’t turn a blind eye to it.

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“I refuse to scrub the stove. Some things deserve to be smudged. Ungleamingly remembered because I know now that the world is rotting timber and all we see are men like you as a loosened ember; a loosie lit and waiting to fall on all the combustible that be.”

Watch the full and powerful video below!


READ: This Poem Is For Anyone Who Has Ever Had Their Name Butchered And Apologized For It

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