War On Black Boys Poem by Sheila Whiting

War On Black Boys

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You got the right to remain silent anything you say or do at this point will not really matter because your skin color has Already confessed to the crime you have the right to an attorney who will try his hardest that Justice is seen but a jury of your peers AKA our attorneys will have them out matched 12 to 1 if you cannot afford an attorney one will be provided to you free because he is also on our payroll do you understand these rights as they have been read to you whoa whoa whoa whoa Don't move I see you reaching for your 9mm wallet I see you reaching for your 30 caliber inhaler well I said don't move stop breathing you're puffing up your chest I feel threatened stop resisting arrest is that a weapon lay down no no face down no no face ground Bang Pow oops I Did It Again I'm a pop star no noI'm a cop star by the time I get to the precinct I will be a rock star Clap for him I have more trophies with black names on them than bet award winners clap for emI will probably be honored at the NYPD award winner clap for embecause when they clap for em and they clap for em and they clap for em and they clap for them they are going to throw me a parade platform because when I clap for him they go to the Grave black boys cries following death white ears black Mother's tears keep graveyard grass green and black men's bones are the gavel in which judges finalize false convictions wake up black boys it's time to declare war I wonder how Trayvon Martin's mother feels that her son is a household name and not a household body I wonder is Freddie Gray's family can still Say grace over their food even though their prayers could not stop the man that robbed him of his last breath I wonder when Tamir rice died playing cops and robbers did you still see the former more innocent than the ladder Iwonder if blackmohersare closer to God because they're steady having to laid to rest their only begotten son I wonder if black people skin are darker because we're closer to the Sunhow many years will it take us to grow bullet proof skin because we're closer to the guns I'm tired I'm tired of going to funerals where babies are being buried in boxes that are bigger than the ones they used to poison I'm tired of not being able to say see you later to my friends we're steady practicing our goodbye words to each other I'm tired of not being able to tell my girlfriend let's wait until we're married I'm scared she will walk down the aisle and see me in a box before she sees me in a tuxedo I'm tired I'm tired I'm tired I'm tired because I'm forced to stay woke in a society who's laws are written as lullabies to black people I'm tired I'm tired I wonder if America will be the alarm when she wakes up and see the black people are sleeping no more Because the American dream is the African American Nightmare I'm tired I'm tired tired because I'm forced to stay woke and if I finally go to sleep I might stay asleep forever.

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Jazib Kamalvi 18 June 2019

such a nice start, Sheila. Read my poem Love and L u s t. Thanks

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Chinedu Dike 18 June 2019

Well articulated and nicely penned with conviction. An insightful creation. Thanks for sharing, Allen.

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