Justice. To fully know the meaning behind this seven letter word you'd need to know the antonym. Injustice― wrong, inequity, iniquity, unfairness, racism, prejudice, racial profiling, Jim Crow, slavery, Amendment One. The list goes on and on. Injustice will never die because people and history will never stop repeating itself. As injustice continues going strong, justice continues to increase and somehow a balance is formed between the two. But, concurrently, sometimes injustice can never be balanced out. Like Trayvon Martin. Wearing hoodies and carrying around Skittles and Arizona tea isn’t going to restore his life or take away the sorrow of his parents. Like poverty. Some schools only rescue the few lucky kids from the ghetto to simply reach their yearly quota. Like the ever increasing rate of suicide. What amount of justice can erase all of those tear stained final notes? What amount of justice can untie all of those perfectly practiced nooses? I don’t think there’s an answer that suffices.
At Asheville Wordslam a few weeks ago, so many teens bravely took the mic to share their voices on the injustices they’ve observed and experienced — the judges, Micah Mackenzie, Lucia Doherty White, Jonathon Santos, Steve Shell and Matthew Mcdonough said they were both “blown away” and inspired to hope. So many in the audience said the same.
In the next few weeks we’ll be sharing some of the videos from that day on Trill. For me, the only type of justice I can fully agree with is Poetic Justice. And who accomplishes that? Poets. Through workshops, through slams, through open mic, poets have the ability to heal. We don’t have the ability to reconcile what is already lost, but we have the means to mend what might be broken in the future. That is true justice. That is the only justice I know.
Spoken word performance at Asheville Wordslam. Photo by Sierra Pierce
What does your justice look or sound like? Send us your poetry, your stories, your art, your photography—join us for justice. And, join Trill on Saturday, May 26th, 7pm at the Firestorm Café in downtown Asheville for Poetic Justice: An open mic evening of youth spoken word poetry. Sign up at 6:45.
Nita Jackson, Spoken Word Editor
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