Have you ever felt that you were unfairly denied of something that others were freely given? The sting of discrimination is felt by many. In a world where everyone desires to be treated fairly and rightfully, there are both cracks and leaks of equality and justice. Along with these cracks and leaks are the extremes and unrealistic expectations of what social justice should look like. How do we know the difference between the realistic and unrealistic demands of equality? What are the margins between the cracks and the extremes?
In a thought – provoking poem titled “My Bermuda”, Johnita Simons tells us what an island of Bermuda used to look like and the importance of social justice. Ms. Simons said, “It’s about social injustice. This is about Bermudians coming together as one and supporting each other. We don’t do that anymore. It’s almost like we don’t care about anyone but ourselves. That’s not how it was when I was coming up. I remember as a child when hurricane Emily struck. People were helping each other to rebuild their lives. Checking on each other to make sure that everything was okay. And then Fabian hit. There was a sense of togetherness. We don’t look out for each other anymore. We have that not my monkeys, not my circus mentality. What we fail to realize is that we are all Bermudians and we are all one family. We shouldn’t fight and kill each other. That’s your brother and that’s your sister.”
Johnita Simons has always enjoyed writing poems and short stories from her childhood years. The poet said, “It’s my escape. This is my way of expressing how I’m feeling. ”
Through encouragement Johnita Simons soon realized that she wanted to become a writer. She said, ” It was my godmother that first said it. She asked me to write a poem for her. This was when I first wrote ‘My Bermuda’. Also, my family members are encouraging me as well.”
Tell us below in the comments what social justice would look like in the community you live in. What would be needed for people to unite together and truly look out for each other in a struggling society?