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 Category:  General Poetry
  Posted: May 17, 2019      Views: 36

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Warning: The author has noted that this contains the highest level of violence.
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Why do people riot?
"April 4 1968" by Stephen Force
When he died I cried
not out of sadness for him
I shed tears for me
.
I cried because his death shouted in my ears
“This is who we are!”
we are willing to kill for the sake of hate
rather than change for the sake of love.
 
I cried because once again we had proven ourselves unworthy
unworthy of the sacrifices made by those
who sacrificed their lives defending the freedom of others
while we denied that same freedom to our own
 
I cried because the paragon of democracy
had again faltered at the altar of hypocrisy.
 
I cried because of my shame
 I shared the blame
I sat silent on the sidelines
while others took up the cause
 
I watched in silence
while others carried the banner against injustice
I and others like me sat mute
watching others rise up and die for that cause
 
I Knew we were either afraid to act
or were unwilling to pay the price for justice
I cried because I knew
it wasn’t they who killed him
it was our silence
 
I cried as the realization of my situation became clear
I cried as my fear and shame turned into rage
I cried as I picked up a brick
and threw it through a store window

 

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Sometimes chanting slogans just doesn't do it.
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