Poem About My Rights Analysis

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In “Poem about My Rights, June Jordan details the wrongs that she perceives in herself: wrong color, wrong sex, and living on the wrong continent. She is the potential victim of any man who would physically force himself on her. The rape victim becomes the wrongdoer because the law assumes implied consent in cases of rape and brutality. Burden of proof is also left to the victim in order for justice to be served. Victimization and oppression are unavoidable however standing your ground and remembering your worth can make a difference even though doing so requires an ongoing struggle. In the last stanza. Jordan writes “I am not wrong: Wrong is not my name/my name is my own my own my own” (109-110).
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