Brutality

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Submitted: August 09, 2018

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Kid in a hoodie walking home from the corner store.

Man shot in cold blood on the concrete floor 

Man slumped over, bleeding to death in a car

Little girl in the back, she's only four 

 

Acts of terrorism? Yes 

Terrorist? Still debating 

All this by the people who should be protecting and serving.

Makes you wonder why praying to a white faced God isn't working! 

You kneel and bow down to a God that looks like them

While they kneel on our backs or point guns to our chest. 

Or they kneel on our backs while we take our last breath. 

 

Maybe we start calling upon the gods of spirits long gone 

To bring vengeance for all those who've been done wrong.  

For the helpless children being gunned down in our streets, for the mothers weeping in their son’s blood.

For the women found dead in prison cells.

 Tell me how this is Liberty and Justice for all.

 

Since when is it a crime to have too much melanin?

Yea, they say, the blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice.

Guess we're just ripe for the taking; more strange fruit. 

Now I bet you wonder why I've been saying "man", "woman", "she"' and "he". 

Well is all a bit heavy, thought I'd give you some reprieve. 

But forget being comfortable!

Our people are being slain. 

Let me make you cringe while I say their names!

Excuse me while I take some time and SAY their NAMES! 

 

Philando Castile, Alton Sterling

Sandra Bland, Mike Brown

So sad, there's so many, I doubt I can even list them all. 

Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner 

Sean Bell, Tamir Rice 

Freddie Gray 

Just more lives lost that never got a chance to see the light of another day. 

 

How much longer do we have to witness our people senselessly murdered, executed, strangled to death?

Scared to walk down the street, wondering if I'll be next. 

They say the revolution will be televised.

Maybe danced, rapped or sung, but definitely publicized. 

See, we're a resilient people with so many talents freely given.

Look above... Maybe it'll be written. 

Who knows how? Just know it will be. 

The time is coming to be here, be human and be truly free. 

 

July 7, 2016


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