in the history of reproduction and
contraception in America the blonde girl
eyes just as green as st. Patrick’s Day
has the nerve to sit across from me and
the only other black girl in this class
and form her lips body language spilling
her disgust to ask um why did slaves
just abstain from sex instead of
birthing children into slavery and I’m
just sitting there like sweet black baby
Jesus you gonna have to help me be a
good Christian today you know this is
how we came to the talk of cotton root
bark how a girl slave would snatch some
from the field and gnash it between her
teeth this her attempt of not having a
child forced on or in her whether by a
masters command to breed or midnight
hunger I want to tell her that green
eyed girl I can’t even abstain from sex
if I wanted to that these men they don’t
care nothing about no abstinence they in
the business of take …
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