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This poem is dedicated to the memory of Alton Pope and thousands of others who have or will meet the same fate. ALL Lives Matter including young black men.

Submitted: July 07, 2016

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Submitted: July 07, 2016

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What were you thinking after you shot?

 

Did you think that maybe, just maybe I would be somewhere being great had you not

 

You see a black man and assume I am a criminal

 

Think I have no potential

 

You try to call me thug, say I must be a drug dealer

 

But you aren’t a policeman, you are a killer

 

You say you were in fear

 

Fear of what, that there were people near

 

Who recorded what you did

 

Because you weren’t afraid when you aimed your gun at my head

 

I was the one who was afraid

 

Soon as you stepped out the car looking like at me like I was a menace I prayed

 

Please GOD don’t let me be  another victim

 

I want to live so I’ll comply with him

 

You yelled “drop the weapon and keep your hands behind your back”

 

I had no one weapon, my arms were behind my back that’s a plain fact

 

I did as you said

 

And still I ended up dead

 

My son is without a father, my mother is without a son

 

And you get to keep your badge so that means I won’t be your only one

 

Funny how the news can’t find a mug shot but yet they label me a criminal

 

But overlook the fact that you are a legalized serial killer

 

How do you  sleep at night

 

Knowing that not one moment of our encounter did you feel fright

 

But you killed me for no other reason than the color of my skin

 

And the knowledge that society places no value on the lives of black men

 

Go on ahead and sleep well at night

 

Because someday, somewhere you will feel something much more powerful than my fright

 

 


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