In the poem, “Declaration”, by Tracy K. Smith, the author is able to criticize a powerful document and bring to light the racial injustices in modern-day society. Her poem is an erasure poem, a form of found poetry, making it even more successful in her criticism of the original document. By using the Declaration of Independence, Smith is defiant. She mocks a document that signifies an important step in American freedom, which in reality was a milestone in a white man’s freedom. She takes this document and creates from its words a poem that brings to light the racial injustice that still plagues our nation. The author is efficient in pointing out that the men that once wrote and fought for equality, were the same to enforce and bring upon laws that oppressed minorities. She uses the words that were voiced so desperately and passionately to now invoke the cruelty of slavery. At first glance, the use of “He” would seem to refer to the King of England, but Smith leaves this to the audience. It can be anyone or anything. From the white supremacists to the justice system that has failed our minorities over and over again. The intended audience is anyone willing to listen and those who desire to change the way governments have handled social injustice. The audience could also be individuals that hold high official jobs, specifically those who create and execute policies that directly affect the people. Her urgency in exposing the hardships of oppression leaves the poem open to interpretation. Her last line is an example of this. Smith leaves us the audience to ponder and question the governments and systems that are supposed to advocate for us, but rather leave us to bear with social injustices, oppression, and slavery.