Poem from a Reader

March 2, 2015 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us


This poem was submitted to Revolution newspaper and to Stop Mass Incarceration Network in support of and to stand with the call for #ShutDownA14. It was written by the 15-year-old younger brother of Darius Pinex, murdered by Chicago police on January 7, 2011. He wrote this poem while riding the bus home from school reflecting on the events of the last week, including the refusal of the federal government to file any charges against George Zimmerman, the killer of Trayvon Martin, as well as his brother's federal civil case happening this week.

Here is the poem:


Hands up don’t shoot
And we can’t breathe
Until we see justice served on a platter.

Put your hoodies on
to stand for the Niggas
And stand against the ones
with they finger on the triggas

They killing us all and do it with permission
It seems as the government is focused on a mission.

I’m here to speak the truth
Their taken out America’s black populated youth

So RIP Mike Brown and Trayvon
That’s just a few
as this list can just go on
So RIP Darius and Flint Farmer too
Eric Garner and that’s still just a few


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