Only Children Weep

“They’ve done it before and they did it tonight and they’ll do it again, and when they do it seems that only children weep.” — Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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I do not know what happened in Ferguson, Missouri

August 9th, 2014

I only know it was the product of the same

Mis

shapened

Fear

full

Hope

less

Blind-

ass

Assumptions

That have lead to

Hate

Rebellion

War

Led to black teens

lying dead on America’s streets

Mothers screaming

And Ferguson now burns with anger

Justice not an ideal

but a jewel saved

just-for-us:

The insiders

The ones with the right addresses

The diplomas

And suits

And skin as white

and “pure” as snow

I do not know what happened

on the street of Ferguson, Missouri

August 9, 2014

But I know the decision to ignore it

feeds a story

that has not yet found its end

Naseem Rakha — November 25, 2014

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