Research seems to be historically white, but
My book’s characters are not.
Township web pages
Ignore their lengthy pasts
By not including lessons
Of their cultural diversity.
Historical societies play celebrity segregation
When pandering to the laziness
Of only publishing their big name history and ignoring
All who came from their little community’s past.
Who were these laborers in the census
Listed as black under race?
Where did these housekeepers live
In these historic areas?
Why are they missing
From these academic records?
When will they be included
In the official story?
Come on hysterical societies of learning,
Publish our full histories,
For We deserve greater understanding
Of time’s colorful palette.