Dear America

Monday, February 6, 2017 - 5:11pm

Dear America,

 

Here’s a bedtime story

it’ll make the 10 o’clock news but not the history books

teachers won’t even mention it or take a second look 

Once upon a time, not long ago 

the moonlight lit the streets

not in Detroit but in Ohio,

New Jersey, Alabama, all the way in

Milwaukee.

Ever since a Black boy was born 

on his forehead read 

REWARD: FOUND DEAD OR ALIVE

and he better not drive better yet walk the streets alone at night.

America the land of the free, laughs

 

Dontre Hamilton, John Crawford,

Micheal Brown, Eric Garner, Travyon Martin,

Ezell Ford, Dante Parker, Akai Gurley

Tamir Rice, Ruamain Brison, Jerame Reid

Tony Robinson, Phillip White, Eric Harris

Walter Scott, Freddie Gray

 

Shall I go on?

Better yet America shall I not have children?

my Black boy will stay alive

I’ll be damned if another cop put a bullet in between a Black boy’s eyes

it’s the jobs of cops to protect and serve

not make my son America’s Most Wanted

and paint the sidewalks with his blood —

 

Sincerely,

Every mother scared to let her child walk out the front door