I wrote this right after the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott and subsequent protests in 2016. During that time I was 92 miles away from Charlotte studying at UNC Greensboro. His murder was one of countless others such as Travon Martin, Terrence Crutcher, Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice, Philando Castile, Eric Garner and many, many, others who did not receive justice. If I were to take up all of the thoughts and feelings that I have/had and the chaos that follows it would be this. Here is what I wrote. It’s called “The Aftermath”.
For my city
For the families that lost a loved one
For the uneducated and ill informed who are a reflection of our anger and frustration.
And for the little ones who watch as people of color executed in the streets and the city goes up in flames.
For their future and our past.
For those who fought for justice before us.
For those who fight for justice today
And for those who refuse to understand.
I am so tired of crying
So I shout!
For all of my brothers and sister in pain
For my country
For those who never received justice
And for #blacklivesmatter
Remember: The Hate U Give Little Infants Fucks Everyone