- Many people from ethnic minority groups have been successful in their fields; however, unfortunately because of their heritage, they have been deprived of gaining credit for their accolades.
- History does not always reflect the true history.
- Rather, it is often a retelling of events that elevates the successes of white or western figures.
- Everyone should be taught important historical events, regardless of the person’s ethnicity, race or culture.
- The speaker feels that he has not been taught a sufficient amount of history from different cultures and nations.
- He is told about British historical events and the outcomes; however, he has not been informed about similar figures who accomplished the same in other countries.
- Throughout the poem, contrasts are drawn between the two parallel histories.
- In the end, the speaker decides that he will take control of his own education and seek to understand his own identity.
- Song format
- Caribbean rhythm
- Irregular rhyme
- Three stanzas
- Two eight-lined and the final is nine-lined
- Patois (Jamaican based Creole language)
- Power of humans