I have been off the grid for the past week, upon my arrival back to reality I see that Baltimore is burning, and I see that another black life is gone at the hands of excessive police force. All of the usual suspects seem to be in place as well, CNN is running this story non-stop but they seem to keep focusing on looting, as they always do.
They are focused on the “out-of-hand protesters”, and not the civil ones. We all know that the actual looting is a very small percentage of activity of the protest. I see the same people coming on Facebook talking about how “they understand we are upset, but rioting and looting are not the answer” I see them saying “All lives matter” but they don’t, they should, but our system has shown over and over that they don’t. This is apparent in the fact we are even having this conversation, that black boy’s life did not matter when they where fracturing his spine.
I go to these peoples timelines and see if they have made any status about the brutal beating of Freddie Gray, about a man having a broken spine and busted voicebox at the hands of the cops. Nothing….so you cannot get outraged by that, but you can get outraged about the looting, in a community that you don’t even have a sliver of a connection with
You can miss me with it.
How does your living room feel? is it comfortable? is that a down blanket on your bed? Are your kids sleeping down the hall, are they safe, are they alive? Did you check their breath before they laid down, was their windpipe not a crumbled monument, was their spine not bent into a question mark, asking how many black boys have to die before you realize that our justice system is indeed broken.
No one cares about your fake outrage, no one cares about your lazy fingers finally feeling the responsibility to speak out cause you saw a check cashing store window get busted in. How about you go into your community, your salon, your church and have conversations about how black men are getting executed by the hands of the Police industrial complex in america.
I will care about your outrage when you start having those conversation
The media will always inflate this, they will focus on the protest that involve looting not the ones that do not. It is our responsibility not to propagate these lies, not to give more wind to the sails of this shock TV.
Today’s poem is by a poet that can say all of these things and say them way better than me. Amir Sulaiman is one of my favorite poets on the planet and this is by far my favorite poem of his. The poem is packed with raw emotion and there are a couple places in the poem where I was FourFive seconds from crying.
“Standing on my brothers body, Are you NOT ENTERTAINED”