Watch These 3 Amazing Poets Fight Assimilation Just By Talking About Their Names

Editor’s Note: This video uses the words “dumb” and “straight-jacket” in an ableist way. While we love the moving content of the video, we know that ableist language is harmful and we hope that as more and more people learn why, we will collectively erase this language from our vocabulary forever.

“My name wasn’t given to me. It was given to the rest of the country.”

Patrick. Elizabeth. George. Is a name just a name? Not for these three poets of color. Pages Matam, Elizabeth Acevedo, and G. Yamazawa helped their team win the 2014 National Poetry Slam with this mind-blowing performance of “Unforgettable,” and you’ll know why as soon as you press “play.”

You’ll also never see a name as just a name after their reflections on colonization, racism, and assimilation. We’re so glad they have such incredible talent to share these reflections with the world.

With Love,
The Editors at Everyday Feminism

To learn more about this topic, check out:

[do_widget id=’text-101′]

Video courtesy of Button Poetry. For more amazing spoken word performances, check them out on YouTube and Facebook.