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For Ferguson This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

What to do when the government you think you elected to represent your interests wages war against you?
What trenches can you find to lie in in suburban Illinois while military tanks patrol at 2 a.m. and throw tear gas to suffocate you?
Another black boy slain and the outrage his death garners poses a threat to the system that strategizes to kill his kind.
You should never apologize for hating injustice or deny the truth before your eyes.
If they killed him they will kill you too,
and wherever you run to hide they'll say you're plotting and scheming the same way that they do.
Now tell me that ain't backwards oppression –
kill us when we're innocent, kill us when we rebel –
it's a Civil Rights regression.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.




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