Picket Fences

Picket Fences

Black Covid-19 Recollections by Knowa Know

By Knowa Know (he/him/his), Yale Divinity School, Class of 2023

The following is a transcript of the video, "Picket Fences."

Picket Fences (Remastered) by Knowa Know

I’m near a picket fence that describes my color and looks to destroy it
I am at wits ends to determine the cause of this rage

This anger, this hatred from the man behind the gate
Does he see me as a person

Does he see my race as an eyesore
What propaganda pushed him to be like this

What caused this anger Injustice, Injustice, Injustice

I cry out for an answer for their causes

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I question why would a fellow man attack a race and burn the churches?

Why a man based off hate would shoot a church? Why would a group persecute fellow human beings?

Why is a war needed?

Why a man would amass these imaginations that minorities are the inferior
Why a man would amass that the people next to them are not in need of love and understanding

What gave him this decision, this mission to purge

To hate, to plunder the liberties of those wanting to live freely
What did they do to become like this?

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As I sat back on the white picket fence, I took a paintbrush and painted it black

The man behind the fence went around to hug me
He said that he didn’t see me as a person before
He said he didn’t need me as a person before

From the color I placed beyond my own boundary he saw my narrative Supremacy dies when you know everyone’s story

Ignorance dies when you know everyone's story
Hatred dies when you know everyone's story
Color every picket fence


My project is based on my poetry of the experiences I had this year through grad school, finishing undergrad through the pandemic, and living it all as an African American man in these times of racial unrest. 

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This project was begun in March 2020 and completed April 19, 2021.

About the artist

My name is Noah Humphrey but I go by the stage name Knowa Know. My pronouns are he-series. I am in a Masters of Divinity Program at Yale virtually from my home in Honolulu, Hawaii. I recently graduated from Whittier College my B.A in Religious Studies and a minor in Holistic Care. I use poetry as my second voice infusing all my experiences from South Central LA, being a black neospirtualist Christian, and my environment(s) to perceive my soul speaking into my poetry. Overall I see that my words move me and others forward with the more I know and vice versa. Thus the more you know(Knowa Know!).

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