I CAN'T BREATHE

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Editorial and Opinion  |  House: Booksie Classic


I CAN’T BREATHE

What part of “I can’t breathe”

Don’t you understand?

Skittles and tea,

Warm black hoodies

Single cigarettes

And bootleg cd’s

He fit the description

He was resisting arrest

I feared for my life

So I put a couple rounds in his chest

Ther’ have been break-in’s ‘round her’ lately

The hillbilly cracker espouses

What? Only black people

Break into houses?

He looked suspicious

He looked like he was in a gang

Thought he had a gun in his hand

These are all white reasons

To kill a black man,

Or black woman

Rest in peace, Breonna Taylor

And Sandra Bland

For real, you’re the gang members

Your klan wears hoods too

And your politicians claim colors

Like rags they paint your states red or blue

I swear I don’t know

What you be thinking

When you cops and rogue vigilante’s

Carry out, your modern day lynching’s

It must be in your blood,

Or Your DNA I reckon’

That’s why you pull up with no thought

And kill Tamir Rice, in all of two seconds

You’re called to diffuse the situation

So why do you escalate?

By the time common decency kicks in,

For my brotha’s, it’s too late

You are so pumped and inspired 

By daily tweets from 45

That you bust out your rifles and swastika’s

As he leads you back to Emmitt Till in 1955

So after your hunt in Georgia

Mr. McMichael and son, I to say to y’all

Since when in the hell has a black man jogging

Ever, ever been against the law?

Afterwards I bet you all were

Laughing, joking and smiling

And just like Wilson, Loehman and Zimmerman

You had another great day of racial profiling

So I’ll take a stand with Colin, Kenny & Eric

As we take a knee, peacefully

Not against the military or the flag

But against your senseless, evil tyranny

 

-secret moon poets-


Submitted: October 19, 2020

© Copyright 2020 SECRET MOON POETS. All rights reserved.

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Back in Black

Don't commit crimes,don't go for weapons,dont shoot at cops...don't resist arrest, quit commiting 53 pct of the murders at only 12.7 pct of the population..problem solved

Mon, October 19th, 2020 11:46am

Prince EL

@Back in Black, AKA A.S. Cooper: I see you're back with your abhorrent racism. Yet you claim to know the Christ as your Lord???
Sir, you are racist to your very rotten core.

Mon, October 19th, 2020 12:31pm

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Who said anything about christ? this poem is against racism. Learn how to read sir, before casting your stone.And you are a blatant idiot to the core...stay off my page.

Mon, October 19th, 2020 11:07am

Prince EL

This comment is now directed to the author of the poem: The previous comment I made was not addressed to you, nor was it about your poem. My comment was addressed to "Back in Black" who commented on your poem with his racist information about black on black crimes. This person was kicked off Booksie when he was using the member name A.S. Cooper. He was kicked off for making racist comments. I just gave you some contexts. Hopefully, this clears things up for you.

Mon, October 19th, 2020 7:28pm

Author
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thank you my brotha, i was confused. my apologies for directing to the wrong person.

Mon, October 19th, 2020 1:51pm

Prince EL

You're very welcome, my brotha! I am glad the confusion has been cleared. Keep your head up and keep writing.

Mon, October 19th, 2020 9:14pm

Criss Sole

I am so glad you wrote about this.
I am not of African descent, but have faced police brutality. In the summer of 2010 a young male police officer threw me off of my best friend's balcony. I was on the 7th floor and broke most of my body and had a 0% chance to live. I joined Booksie in an attempt to share my story.
I have never in my life broken the law. The truth is some police officers like to abuse their power.
Thank you for writing about this and brining people's attention to this problem.

Wed, October 21st, 2020 12:35pm

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Damn! thank you for your kind words. i am so saddened by what happen to you. i hope you have healed. i can
already feel your pain. that is so tragic. i'm horrified. i wish you the best. god bless you. hope to talk to you again.

Wed, October 21st, 2020 11:08am

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