The Show Me State

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(Today’s Haiku Journal on Ferguson)

9. Do white people know/
The feelings Black people have/
When cops just kill us?/
#haiku

10. Don’t live in ghettos/
Suburban Strip-Mall no-wheres/
Imprisoned by cars/
#Haiku

11. Don’t live in projects/
Lego-stacked suspensions of/
Human civil rights/
#Haiku

12. In our middle class/
Pretentions of normalcy/
Black lives lack value/
#Haiku

13. Our white friends can’t know/
Insecurity we feel/
When Blacks are gunned down/
#Haiku

14. Projects or exurbs/
“They are poor in those ghettoes/
So diff’rent than ‘us'”/
#Haiku

15. But to the dull tool/
Of racist policing we’re/
Just some more niggers/
#haiku

16. Reduce privilege/
And pay the police much more/
We might get justice/
#Haiku

17. Uneducated/
Underpaid police receive/
Unjust Power’s Pay/
#Haiku

18. We need to attract/
Better people to police/
Not red-necked bullies/
#Haiku

19. The black cops we have/
Absorbed the racist power/
Of job they strap on/
#Haiku

20. But many Blacks fear/
Blacks men inordinately/
Just like the police/
#haiku

21. White supremacy/
Lies all over our culture:/
Suffocating snow/
#Haiku

22. We cannot see Blacks/
As just individuals/
In racist matrix/
#Haiku

23. “Devil’s food cake” is/
The national confection/
Of America/
#Haiku

24. It’s “our” racism/
Contrary statements of race/
Are simple “white lies”/
#Haiku

26. Race is a prison/
We reconstruct for ourselves/
We need more jailbreaks/
#haiku

27. Lamenting order/
Over human righteousness/
Suggests racism/
#haiku

28. Tranquility lacks/
The drama of infringement/
Victimization/
#haiku

25. “Faith has to [function]/
[For us] 24 hour [days],/
Or we [will] perish.”/
#Haiku 16

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3 responses to “The Show Me State

  1. So why can’t I “know?” That’s like saying you will never understand what it feels like to be white. There will never be unity if you choose to isolate yourself in your despair and hopelessness. Trust others’ feelings of shared despair and hopelessness. We need to figure out together where we have to go from here. This place without light.

  2. True ʇɐɥʇ frank:
    Perhaps I overstated it,
    But I don’t seem to be able
    To understand my daughters’
    Fear and discomfort as women
    Nor the clumsiness of straights’
    Paternalistic attitude towards
    Gays, Lesbians, transgendered
    People
    Some experiences are tough
    And difficult to understand
    Or experience
    Without skin
    In
    The
    Game
    (I admit your point is valid, but
    I’m not sure we are always able
    To empathize as well as we should)

  3. You know I love you more than my luggage Prof G. It is hard to comprehend that today, a policeman can shoot an unarmed teen and not be put on trial. Tuesday morning I woke up after nightmares and did not know what I was going to teach my kids that day. The Attenborough film Gandhi has a scene when the military (almost all Indian except the British commanders) aim their bayonets on what seems a thousand unarmed men, woman and children and just start firing. I stop the film and ask what just happened. Can this happen today? and let the discussion begin. Homework: Compare and contrast the Indian massacre with today’s killings of unarmed black teens. The fifth graders totally got it. PS: I just heard our school won the UN Peace Award. Check out my clip: http://blog.ps119amersfort.com/?p=39740

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