“The Rob Ford Apology That You Will Never Hear” by Dwayne Morgan [Article]
Toronto, ON – Dwayne Morgan, a Toronto writer, speaker, and spoken word artist, weighs in on the Rob Ford debacle with commentary in the form of a new poem. You can check it out after the jump link below.
The Rob Ford Apology That You Will Never Hear
By Dwayne Morgan
The Rob Ford Apology That You Will Never Hear
Dear Chris Spence,
It is no secret that I’ve never been a fan;
Despite our affinity for football,
I’ve always thought of you as a flawed man,
But I never had any proof,
Until the day that your truth
was exposed on the news.
The head of our Board of Ed.,
Exposed as a cheat and a fraud,
Having the nerve to want to keep your job,
But everything that happens in the darkness,
Will eventually come to light;
Should have refrained from taking such delight,
Watching your house of cards fall,
Watching a man,
Who once stood tall,
Shrink in to a parasite,
That should have known better.
If I had known then,
That the day would come,
When my house would also be blown down,
I would have stepped up,
Silencing my brother,
As he demanded you step down,
And show proper leadership,
But hindsight is twenty twenty;
That’s a quote!
How could the man hired to direct our kids,
Commit the greatest educational sin,
Without even a care?
Who do you think you are?
I can’t condone your actions,
I did call for sanctions,
And an example to be made of you,
Because this was a pattern of behaviour,
Going back years,
Not a random act
After a binge of a few beers,
Like a hit of crack during a drunken stupor.
Every student learning to write essays,
Knows to quote their sources,
But if I had known that quoted sources,
Would make me a household name,
Maybe I would have refrained
From dishing out blame like apologies.
If I had the ability then,
To see past my skeletons,
In to my future,
Maybe I would have shown a bit more
Empathy and compassion.
I wouldn’t have reporters lined up
Like crack-heads at a crack-house,
Questions cracking like whips,
About my relationships
Who have fallen through the cracks.
Maybe this is a case
Of the user calling the plagiarizer Black,
But I can’t take any of it back.
I refuse to do,
Any of what I asked of you,
But that’s the power of privilege.
I apologize that you may never
Be able to show your face
Without the feeling of shame.
We all make mistakes.
Luckily for me,
I’ll be ok.
Unfortunately for you,
Not everyone has the resources to pay
For second chances;
About Dwayne Morgan
Dwayne Morgan began his career as a spoken word artist in 1993. In 1994, while still in high school, he founded Up From The Roots entertainment, to promote the positive artistic contributions of African Canadian and urban influenced artists.
A member of the Writers’ Union of Canada, Morgan has received both the African Canadian Achievement Award, and the Harry Jerome Award for Excellence in the Arts. Morgan is the winner of 3 Canadian Urban Music Awards (2001, 2003, 2005). In 1998, Morgan introduced regular poetry slams to Toronto, and has watched them blossom across the GTA and beyond ever since. In 2005 he was recognized as Poet of Honour at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Vancouver. In 2008 Morgan’s contribution to the Arts and Canadian society were recognized on the Legacy Black History Month poster.
Dwayne has published 6 books, most recently, Her Favourite Shoes, which followed, The Sensual Musings of Dwayne Morgan (2010), The Making of A Man (2005), The Man Behind The Mic (2002), Long Overdue (1999), and chapbooks, The Revolution Starts Within (1996), and Straight From The Roots (1995). In 2009, Morgan’s work was translated into French, culminating in the book, Le Making of d’un Homme. His albums include, Another Level (1997), The Evolution (2001), Soul Searching (2003), A Decade in the Making (2004), Mellow Mood: The End of the Beginning (2007), and Idle Hands (2011). In 2008, Morgan released a commemorative DVD entitled, Dwayne Morgan The First Fifteen.
Dwayne has performed for the former Governor General of Canada, The Honourable Michaelle Jean, and has shared the stage with many of Canada’s top artists including Russell Peters, Deborah Cox, Kardinal Offishal, Jully Black, K-OS, and Nelly Furtado, while opening for international artists Alicia Keys, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Mutabaruka, Ursula Rucker, Colin Channer, and Saul Williams, and recording with Canadian artists including Grammy nominee, Drake.
To further explore his creativity, Dwayne collaborated with Driftwood Studios to film, Three Knocks, a ten minute film based on his domestic violence poem of the same name, which premiered in Toronto’s Reel World Film Festival. In March 2008, Dwayne hosted his first photography exhibit, The Sum of Her Parts, exploring female body image.
Dwayne’s work ethic has taken him across Canada, the United States, Jamaica, Barbados, England, Scotland, Belgium, Budapest, Germany, France, Norway, and Holland. His emphasis on quality has driven his success, and has made him a well-respected component of Toronto’s urban music community, as well as the North American, and Global, spoken word scenes.