Just one of the poetry videos I have been releasing on Instagram. More videos like this on my Instagram @K.exum
This report is why I always feel unsafe in America. Slavery was a long time ago but somehow I’m still not safe with this pigment. The narrative is a black boy inside a store using a soda machine gets stabbed in the neck because he was listening to rap music. The first thing the media does is pull the mental health card. If I stabbed him in the neck I would get life inside of a cell. No mental health card. I would just be another thug. Why is that?
There are a number of crimes like this with a white man or child doing the murders and it’s all because of mental health right? If this situation was turned upside down do you think the boy would get the mental health card? I don’t think so.
I was born black. I’m guilty every time I leave the house. Cops are like trained assassins waiting to empty their clips. Or they’ll lock up innocent kids for a large amount of years for something they didn’t do. No evidence that points to half the people in the jail but somehow they’re still imprisoned.
I have watched cops walk up to people dressed homeless. Just to try and catch a maybe drug dealer or worse. All they see is a group of black men and think maybe their doing something illegal. Maybe their right but aren’t they supposed to catch them in the act not set them up to commit an act.
I can’t name the last time they found a missing black child alive. Because we don’t matter in this country. Just like the immigrants. They’re literally getting raided right now. Separated from their families. Put in horrible living situations. Sounds like something my history teachers kept away from me in school.
Know the law they say. How? We’re not even taught about the laws in school. At least I didn’t or know anyone who did. Countless videos of people following directions and still shot repeatedly. But the killers all say the same, “ I was scared for my life.”
Oh well another election is coming. Let’s shift our eyes on to that. Maybe they’ll stick up for the unprivileged. A black president couldn’t help. So a woman may do the trick right? Not doubting her just want to know if a woman wins in the near future. Will it change anything? Will my death mean less because my shooter wore a badge? Will it mean less if he was white? Or will black on black be the only time it’s a problem.
This is simply a rant. Not really trying to promote the next post. Just getting something off my chest. I know that case in the beginning is fairly new. I would be surprised if the narrative is different this time. But what about all the others. Seems like when the colors change they justify it with mental health or guns. It’s millions of people with guns. With that narrative everyone should be dead. Oh right guns don’t kill with out a finger on the trigger.
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Write about something for which you feel strongly
This is a tough one. I feel strongly about one thing but I seem to always talk about it on this blog. Love it or hate it, I’m going to talk about the police and racism. I talk about it a lot I guess because a lot of times a lot of the shit they do goes unnoticed by others. I wish there was some way you can have police fired for shooting down people who didn’t pose as a threat.
It doesn’t seem like suing them does anything. Most time they justify their actions as reasonable. If roles reversed I would get a life sentence for half the things they do. Then most feel as though there are good cops out there. But where? The good don’t speak so I start to look at them as bad too. I’m a black poet that would on any day speak about the violence portrayed by people that look like me but name one cop that will say that this cop is wrong for shooting a man 55 times while he’s sleeping in a car. Name one? Oh, right it’s reasonable because there was a gun in sight my fault. *Sarcasm. Name one that will defend a family being harassed by two cops for a toy doll. Or how about one that will defend a cop saying a kid was running from them and shot himself in the back of the head. Or how about when a cop tells you to turn off your car and in the same breath yells he got a gun. Name one? If you don’t speak on it then your part of the problem.
I know there’s going to be a comment that I delete that says something stupid like black people kill each other too. No shit Sherlock. But comparing two situations doesn’t justify a cop shooting a man down. While attempting to wake him up. Who do you call when the police are the threat?
Nobody. I often read blogs and other sources where they state cops shoot white people too. Well, we have a common enemy. Now what?
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How come a badge makes you superior? Like if you got a badge your God. You can take many lives away. Whenever you want. And I’m told to deal with it. I have to find ways to keep my life. I’m automatically looked at as a criminal just because of how I look. How do you think I feel when I see these monsters driving behind me? When I see these monsters in front of me. I’m scared for my life. I’m scared I won’t make it home. The worst part of it all is people actually believe them when they say they were scared. Scared enough to pull out a gun and shoot someone 12 times. Sad world when the murderer get more sympathy than the victim.