Last Thursday night Debra Wekesa, Willard High School Junior, shared the poem below that she had written with the Board of Education. I don't share it because I agree with everything it says or because it represents the specific values of everyone in the Willard community. I share it because I am proud that this young lady has passion about her beliefs. It is so important for kids to have passion. I don't care if the passion is for basketball, band, speech, Ag, music, or even ping pong. Find something passionate to believe in! I went to visit Debra this morning and asked her if her poem was a dream or a possible reality. She shared that she didn't know if it could ever be a reality. I shared with her that she had to believe it was possible if it has any chance of becoming a reality. Debra is a young lady who will make a difference in her life. When I speak to some adults who are worried about this generation they need to talk to Debra and they will find comfort that there are leaders emerging that will make a difference in the future.
I wish I lived in a world...
Where I'm not considered more threatening than another,
And not more likely to be arrested for a crime.
While at the same time, live in a world
Where my skin gives me better "advantages".
Advantages that benefit the benefactor more.
Where I'm not just another statistic to be crossed off a list.
Where I'm not just a number.
A quota that colleges or businesses aim to hit,
To please themselves and the masses.
Resulting in a cycle of brainwashing from parent to child
To increase a feeling or worth.
Belonging. Entitlement. All misguided feelings.
I wish the world we lived in would be equal for all, not for some.
Nor be "equal", while still being unequal
Where I don't feel equivalent from activities that seem so trivial.
Where I don't feel the need to be lighter skinner
in order to be like everything that I see.
Where we don't have a light dominated media
That becomes surprised to see people of different races do the same.
Where sexual orientation just happens with no ill harm to anyone!
Where people feel safe to leave their homes and face the outside.
Where women are paid the same as men for the same job.
Where the price gap is more than seventy-seven cents to one dollar.
Where a CEO of a large company isn't paid $50,000 less than her male counterpart.
Where maternity leave is given to men as well.
In order for fathers to gain a strong bond with their children they help create.
Where fathers don't have little say in the well-being of their children.
I wish we lived in a world
Where "we're judged by the content of our character, not by the color of our skin"
Sexual orientation or gender.
I hope it comes true in my generation,
Though with what I've seen
I doubt it ever will