Clang

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Other  |  House: Booksie Classic

Submitted: September 13, 2018

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Why do you look so angry?

shot dead in front of his son and girlfriend about parking in a disabled spot

You’re moody!

Castile had been shot while reaching for his ID after letting the officer know he had a firearm

What’s wrong?

He stands beside the car, then falls to the ground after one officer pulls the trigger

The questions from my white co-workers

white wife

white friends

Clang

Together inside my head like chains being locked

So angry?

Around 9 a.m., Bland was found hanging in her cell

And I smile and tell them what they want to hear so that they feel safe

“I’m good!” clang

“I can be moody, sometimes!” clang

“Busy day!” clang

Jaws clenched

Law enforcement, the military, and politics in the United States have been infiltrated by white supremacists, who use it to recruit others and gain paramilitary training.

And in the news today another

Black body killed for being Black

was killed by a female Dallas police officer last night because she, “walked into the wrong apartment thinking that it was her own”

And another

handcuffed an African-American teen riding in the back of a Lexus because two people in another car thought he was robbing the two white women in the front

Black body killed for being

And another

Black body killed

And another

Black body

In 15 High-Profile Cases Involving Deaths of Blacks, One Officer Faces Prison Time.

So angry?

are imprisoned at more than 5 times the rate of whites? one in 10 black children has a parent behind bars

What’s wrong?

Clang

Clang

Jaws clenched.

What I want to say

“I’m good!”

Is that I live and work with people who look like the people who kill the people who look like me

“I can be moody sometimes!”

Clang

“Busy day!”

What I want to say is

Out of the roughly 20 million who were taken from their homes and sold into slavery, half didn't complete the journey to the African coast, most of those dying along the way

That it is hard to smile

Clang

 

 


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