(reposted from Facebook)
So if this research thing doesn’t work out, I guess I’ll just become a rapper. Here’s my meager contribution to the Eric Garner solidarity movement since I couldn’t be there physically protesting.
More than a little twisted
Damn right you’re convicted of a crime inside everybody’s mind
No room to breathe, HE CAN’T BREATHE
Did you see him heaving
When you weren’t leaving
Thrown on the ground, struggling to make a sound?
Or did you close your ears, close your heart, had you no fear?
Did you see the tears of his wife, and his community
Who is now grieving for his life?
Now I have no place
I don’t really deserve a space
To speak on behalf of a race
To which I can’t relate
But I’m so saddened as a human being
To continue seeing the violence
Conducted by these uniformed tyrants
Who’re supposed to keep us safe
Not perpetuate the hate
And the further segregation
Of a people whose nation
Supposedly has faith in the creation
Of opportunity and equality
More like cruelty and poverty
But in reality
There’s an absence of compassion
Shown through a tragedy of this fashion
But systemic revolution’s taking action
#BlackLivesMatter gaining traction
So maybe there’s hope.