Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

Poem "'Who Am I?'"

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Title

Poem "'Who Am I?'"

Description

The narrator of this poem expresses his identity as part of a "colossal being" of black people, preferring the collective 'we' to the singular 'I.' He explores slavery as "the torture that was endured for years and still / Silently exists today" through imagery of whippings, shackles, shootings, and burning crosses. He addresses the reader as the one who oppresses him and his people and writes, "All of us need to look into each other's eyes and realize that we / Are all human beings."

Source

Finney, Dominic L. "'Who Am I?'" The Messenger (1996): 33-35. Available online via the UR Scholarship Respository.

Publisher

The Messenger, University of Richmond

Date

1996

Language

English

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Messenger1996.33-1996.pdf

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Citation

Finney, Dominic L., “Poem "'Who Am I?'",” Race & Racism at the University of Richmond, accessed November 19, 2019, http://memory.richmond.edu/items/show/3014.