Freddie Gray, we failed you.
It would seem, we always will.
We failed Amadou Diallo,
and all the rest on their list to kill.
Poor Michael Brown lay in the sun,
but his body cooled so fast.
And Trayvon still roams the night,
for being Black, he was harassed.
Eric, we failed you too.
What is there left to say?
They choked the life right out of you.
And no one was made to pay.
Oh we get upset and burn some things,
and then we quickly get over the pain.
They call us all bad thugs
but why you are dead, they can’t explain.
A mother slapped her child,
for throwing rocks and glass and such,
and the media played that up.
At that shit, they always clutch.
They always blame the victim,
for acting out of rage
“Our anger should be doused!”
So says the wise old sage.
Something’s wrong with that old sage,
He does not speak the truth.
A man is dead who did no wrong.
He was buried while in his youth.
Twelve, eighteen and twenty-two,
and on and on it goes.
These are the average ages
of Black bodies laid out in rows.
The funerals never stop.
And the buckets of tears are shed.
The lines are out the door,
but no one says what needs to be said.
Peace will never be ours to know
in this shithole built by slaves.
When have they ever cared for us,
these primates out of caves?
Never think the day will come
when they’ll stop the killing spree.
The time is now for you to act!
You’re a slave, you are not free!
Shelby I. Courtland
©2015 Shelby I. Courtland
If anyone thinks that the racist cops will be held accountable for Freddie Gray’s death, are you serious? With video proof that Eric Garner was murdered in cold blood, where is the indictment? With video proof of the murder of Tamir Rice, where is the indictment? With video proof of the murder of John Crawford, where is the indictment? And certainly what happened to Walter Scott in North Charleston, South Carolina deserves a mention. What slap on the wrist will that cop get even with being charged with murder? And poor Freddie Gray was just minding his business in what the whites labeled a ‘high crime area’ so he must have been committing a crime, but so far, we’ve yet to know what crime he committed. Oh, that’s right! He fled! Even if I was in a wheelchair, I would have fled as fast as my battery powered seat could get me the hell out of there especially seeing as how Black men don’t seem to fare well when coming into contact with AmeriKKKa’s storm troopers.
And we want to think that the deceased are resting in peace? Get real!
Oh and for the woman that slapped her child, he should have hauled off and slapped some sense into your ass!