Black Imagination: The World and Me

Livia M. Nocito, Ursinus College


In analyzing these poems, as well as the countless other narratives explored in this class, I’ve learned the sheer power of owning your stories. I have been introduced to different perspectives of viewing the world, opening my eyes to how deeply ingrained racism and bigotry is in this country. We as a people are so entrenched in this that we fail to notice what is offensive language or rooted in discrimination. I have learned of my privilege, but also of the need to gain an awareness of life and history beyond what I see as a white individual.