public service announcement

by Nancy Arroyo Ruffin

The revolution will not be televised on flat screen TVs. Pay close attention to the blood left behind by the God fearing martyrs as they plan to eliminate you. We cannot be held liable if we fail to protect you. Watch as the phallic powers collapse into obscurity. Observe a superpower that was built to last, crumble. Be prepared to surrender your inalienable rights for The Patriot Act. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal except if you are Trayvon Martin, Sean Bell, Amadou Diallo, Tamir Rice, Anthony Baez, Abner Louima, Ramarley Graham, Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, Rodney King, Oscar Grant, Michelle Cesseaux, Miriam Carey, Natasha McKenna, Yuvette Henderson, Tanisha Anderson, Kayla Moore, Shelley Frey, Latandra Ellington, Alberta Spruill, Sheneque Proctor and the many others who don’t make the news. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness can only be found in books our youth cannot access. It is not our fault that you cannot read. War is expensive, education, the price. Single mothers start saving up bail money. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you. We are not responsible for what happens to you behind interrogation walls, or on public streets, or on your front stoop, or while walking home alone on a dark night. So please sit quietly as we coerce you into a false confession. You are guilty until proven innocent beyond a reasonable doubt. If we mistakenly execute you, please accept our sincerest apologies. We reserve the right to shoot first. In the event of an error, our officers will be put on administrative leave pending a “full investigation”. If you feel you’ve been treated unfairly, you can request a hearing. But understand that it is not our duty to listen to you. Please proceed to the end of the line because even though you have an appointment, you will be seen in the order that we decide.

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