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and now here we go –
another black folk
gunned down
SAY THEIR NAME HERE
let’s listen
to angry voices/cracked tears
let’s cry
for the woman inevitably
standing next to him
and let’s
SAY THEIR NAME HERE
don’t forget to bring up
their past
say: they was
HOLDING A GUN
DOING SOMETHING ILLEGAL
THREATENING AN OFFICER
mean: they was
BLACK.
now is a good time
to box us out with
big words/lofty ideals
but
don’t forget to
SAY THEIR NAME HERE
copy paste
so the next time
another black folk
gunned down
because: they was
BLACK
you can
SAY THEIR NAME HERE

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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