Whats a Black Life Worth

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
Tells of the everyday struggles of the suffering black people of America.

Submitted: February 04, 2014

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What is a black life worth

Is it worth a penny, a nickel, a dime, or a quarter

Is it worth slavery and bondage

Jim Crow Laws and the projects

Lynching’s, burnings, and poverty

Police brutality, incarceration, death

Is it worth a dollar, five, ten, twenty, or one hundred

Is it worth no jobs and evictions

Lack of education, and low class

Looked down upon by everyone else,

Not getting the freedoms promised

Not getting the rights promised

Judged by the color of our skin,

Taken out of our homes, called

a contraband and a menace to society

What is a black life worth

Is it worth a thousand dollars, a million, a billion, or a trillion

Is it worth drugs, weed, alcohol, cocaine, crack, meth, ecstasy, heroine,

Is it worth being called a nigger or boy

Being raped, beat, killed, robbed

Is it worth having to beg for money

or a job, being called a bum

Is it worth being killed for asking for assistance, or walking

through a neighborhood with a hood, and being killed for just

looking suspicious

What is a black life worth

Is it worth a Porsche, jewelry, a mansion with ten rooms,

a private jet, a yacht

Is it worth being killed over a car, a phone, clothes, jewelry, a house

Is it worth killing ourselves, turning homicide into suicide

Is it worth going from slavery, to Jim Crow Laws and KKK, to suicide

Is it worth being charged tedious crimes, when they commit major crimes

Is it worth having fear to be in a neighborhood or in a street where people

like you reside

Tell me what a black life is worth, because it ain’t worth all that

But that is why we are the most notorious race

We’ve been through all this adversity, and still we rise,

Still we RISE as black people, that’s what we’re worth


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