the facts.

poetry / prose

-You (irresponsible television news journalist)
ask her (black woman who lost a son / partner/ father)
questions (Do you feel for those who do not feel for you? How long do we have to give you cursory condolences?)
you wouldn’t fathom asking her (any white woman, anywhere).

-He (our Black president, seemingly drowning in studies
upon studies that analyze structural racism)
said,
in
full earshot of the American public,
that Micah Xavier and the man who murdered
black Charleston churchgoers had the
same kind of hate in their hearts.

-On Facebook, black people plead endlessly for
non-violence
and disparage “militants.”

-I look into the eyes of every black boy I see on the street.
I wish them a forcefield.

(2016)

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