POET: Porsha Olayiwa
PIECE: Rekia Boyd
Race and Ethnicity
The murder of Rekia Boyd by a police officer was met with relative absence by demonstrators, Porsha Olayiwa explores silence.
No one hears the howling of a black girl ghost in the night time”
INTERSECTIONALITY. Rarely does a poem so clearly and so effortlessly illustrate a sociological idea without using the specific term. Porsha Olayiwa’s “Rekia Boyd” does exactly that. This piece is an intersectional analysis of the invisibility and hidden politics women of color continue to face in social movements.
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