Destroy in order to rebuild (Ferguson)

This is not about a single boy being shot and killed in the street 

This is about black boys being shot and killed in the streets by a white men who took a vows to protect and serve

And how too often for the comfort of other black bodies do the shooters go free


This is not about Michael Brown

Not about Darren Wilson 

But I wish it could be 


This is about america and its broken promise for freedom 

About children not growing into adulthood 

This is about a community continually being asked to have grace in the face of our children being murdered 

About life spans being cut short 

This is about buried bodies and eulogies 


This too is about Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Jordan davis, Oscar grant 

about justice being elusive 

about rage and war 

about white people not owning their racism 

about white guild and obliviousness 

This is about an anger you can not comprehend from the luxury of your privilege 

So be mindful of your mouth because the world is listening 

Listening to the lack of compassion for a community in mourning

No, broken windows will not bring him back but it sure does drown out the sound of sobbing 

Sure does distract from the confirmation that we live in a place that doesn't give a fuck about my existence 

Mutes the realization that people will call you an animal for expressing rage in the only way you have left 

This is about race 

and how normal it is not to care about people that don't look like you 

easy to speak to something you know nothing about 

have you ever seen life leave a body? 

ever felt wronged and had not a thing you could do about it? 


This anger is about having to explain to white people on twitter and instagram why buildings are being burned 

because that is the only way to get your attention 

Standing politely asking to have a conversation about race breeds discomfort and moans about playing the race card but 

what do you know of being born black? 

What do you know of the conversations black parents must have with their children about the way the world will treat them?  

What do you know of a mourning like this? 


I ask you these things because this is where healing begins

The second we get past political correctness and tell the truth 

It is hard to wake up somedays knowing people that look like me are used as target practice 

knowing that my brother has not and may never be safe 

that i am safer because of the illusion my skin and eyes provide 

the truth is, somedays i want to hide from embarrassment because we are so disconnected from humanity 

value things over life itself 

choose to ignore the complication of rectifying inequality 

and wonder why buildings are burning 


Do not confuse the fire during a riot as misplaced rage 

They are sending smoke signals to the ancestors 

begging for the justice our government fails to provide 

Ferguson is performance art 

Find the meaning in the broken glass 

In the de-constructed police cars 

Find the irony in how quickly the tear gas flies from hands meant to protect

Their voices have been ignored but these burning buildings cannot be 


I pray we find our humanity 

find truth and justice

learn to listen past our bigotry  

and let this city destroy in order to rebuild.