When A Black Man and a White Woman Speak for Each Other

Spoken word is a true art form. I've been a fan for many years, but it's pretty rare to watch a spoken word performance that can ignite so much passion and leave you speechless in amazement. Presented by Button Poetry, Darius Simpson & Scout Bostley have made headlines worldwide with a piece that will give you goosebumps.

We live in a world where there is far too much judgement, opinion, and unjust assessment.

Although I cannot personally relate to being either a white woman or a black man, we have all had our fair share of abuse – whether that be in the case of race, sexuality, gender, beauty, status, the list goes on.

Darius Simpson and Scout Bostley teamed up to perform “Lost Voices” at the 2015 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational; a piece that reminds us how far these judgements can take us.

A friend of a friend recently updated her Facebook status (which has since been deleted) relaying the emotions she was feeling after finding out her brother had been racially abused in Vienna which ended with him in hospital. He was a good man with an upstanding job. He did nothing wrong. He just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time surrounded by people who did not like the colour of his skin. Shameful, isn’t it?

What may seem like freedom of thought and speech can often instead lead to a universal silencing.

We all try not to judge a book by its cover, but in actual fact, we find ourselves classified before we can truly express who we are.

In effect, everyone is left without a voice.

Even though casting an opinion may seem second nature to most of us, let this video serve as a reminder to observe any unjust judgement that you find yourself thinking or saying.

Do you feel like you have a voice?