Your skin: too black, threat, threatened, target. Your voice above silent: too loud. Your voice: (I can’t breathe.) Stop (your voice), stop (I can’t breathe), stop (can’t), your voice, (can’t) stop, stop, stop.
Your voice:static. Your body being: danger. Your body being power: must not be. Your body:shrapnel. Your life: bloodied brick. Your life: towers, ivory chipping. Your life being power: should not be. Your lifewas. Your death: history spiraling. Your death: drops in my barrel. Your death: evidence, indictment, apartheid. I demand your death, your death, your deathmurder murder murder murder murder MURDER ECHO: John Crawford III Tyree Woodson McKenzie Cochran Michael Brown Ezell Ford Kaijeme Powell Dante Parker Victor White III Tanisha Anderson Akai Gurley Tamir Rice Your MURDER: catalyst. Your MURDER: fire to rage. Your MURDER: my effigy. Tonight, I burn.
Eric Garner was murdered by a police officer using a prohibited chokehold. A New York grand jury ruled that his killer would not face trial. His murder is one horrific example of the racist police brutality rampant throughout America, as well as of the racism endemic to our “justice” system. Every 28 hours, a Black person is shot by a cop or vigilante in this country. This poem is a letter from a violent, unjust, racist America to Eric Garner. http://theconcourse.deadspin.com/the-american-justice-system-is-not-broken-1666445407/+AlbertBurneko
*Even as a dark, South Asian woman, I know I hold an unbelievable amount of privilege. I can walk down the street, see a white cop, and not fear for my safety. Black individuals have been systemically and historically dehumanized in this country in ways I will never face. I write today as an act of solidarity, as a demonstration that I stand behind the thousands of Black protestors and leaders demanding change. Please, support the voices of Black poets by following the hashtag #BlackPoetsSpeakOut https://medium.com/matter/blackpoetsspeakout-9ba990577db7