HUNGER - George the poet


George The Poet – Interview - Words By Aniefiok Ekpoudom – Interview appears exclusively in Hunger issue 8

“When I was 15 I was going to buy a gun.”

“Right now, in a prison there’s a George The Poet whose story isn’t getting told. So when you ask what can be done about inequality, it’s about solutions.”

“People forget that we’re all human and that this is the problem with society being built on racism.”

“Ah it’s just black people.” No, it’s a person that’s been put in a certain box talking about what the box is like. That’s the reality.”

“This world we’re given is the only world we know. We think it’s normal, but a lot of things don’t make sense.”

“I need to build soldiers; I need to build this next generation because nobody’s doing it.”

"I was on Sky News at the time and they gave me a statistic; they said 69 percent of the country did not see anything wrong with the Go Home van. Do you know how lonely I felt when I heard that."

“Black boys don’t do very well in school; black boys are overrepresented in prison. There’s one of two things happening here: there’s something wrong with black people or there is something wrong with the way that black people behave. Is that genetic or is that social?”

“What I want to shed light on is the power of people, that’s what it all boils down to. People don’t realise how powerful they are. When you realise your potential, you can affect society.”

“If people realise their power, they won’t be bullied around by money, they’ll be smarter, they’ll operate as a stronger unit.”

I’ve got answers, I’ve got strategies. I’m not just out here talking about problems, I’m doing stuff.”

“We’re not a community, we’re just a society.”

“Everybody loves to say, “I wish there was something that could be done about this,” as if you’re not a human who has power.”

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