There are six things the Lord hates—
no, seven things he detests:
a lying tongue,
hands that kill the innocent,
a heart that plots evil,
feet that race to do wrong,
a false witness who pours out lies,
a person who sows discord in a family. ~ Proverbs 6:16-19, NLT
“You must not murder.” ~ Exodus 20:13, NLT
That never-disappearing color line
Du Bois noted at turn of century;
Up from slavery swells down into
Black Lives Matter era as activists’
Justice, Dignity, and Respect
Cries fall on hallowed blood stained
Grounds silenced by unspeakable
Twenty-four percent of nation’s
Thirteen percent population—
Killed by America’s finest in blue:
Keith Lamont Scott
Philando Divall Castile
Tony Terrell Robinson, Jr.
Danroy Thomas Henry, Jr.
The comprehensive catalogue takes unstinted
Space freedom and unconstrained
Time freedom to convey the inalienable
Right to life freedom defrauded inverted color,
Complimentary uncomplimentary darker hue.
Imminent threat – Made in USA dehumanized Blacks
Like lambs to the slaughter . . .
Slain simply for:
Sporting Natural Fros,
Rocking Twist Outs;
Flaunting conspicuous Black features—
Nubian nose, thick lips, high cheekbones,
Hourglass body, plump back, well-endowed . . .
Hated simply for:
Being Black, period.
Color line darker skins
Subjected to mass criminalization.
Peaceful protests against institutional racism reveal
Blacks deprived basic rights suffer
Peaceful protests target systemic discrimination:
Ignoble criminal justice systems
Unjust racial profilings
Disproportionate arrest rates
Harsher sentences meant to
Enlarge prison population with
Forty percent Blacks who make up
America’s thirteen percent population.
Dignity and respect stripped, raw
Self exposing home of free
Biased prohibitor, denier of second-class
Black citizens’ civil liberties; ineligible for
Assimilation; left under firm
Interdict that outlaws ubiquitous color line,
Preventing inverted colors’ harmonious
Melting together as indivisible
Complete common culture—
Doomed to exhibit dividedness:
Never just one
Or the other;
Two places at once riveted soul
Chained to country purging Blacks.
Systematically slaying darker shades;
Visionless genocidal temperaments
Blinding nation about divided house
Chickens coming home to roost.
~ from My Spirit’s Musings manuscript