9th Ward Blues

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"The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but
because of those who look on and do nothing."

-Albert Einstein-

Humanity called in sick that day Toree died.
Must've been rendered incapacitated
by virulent strains of apathy afflicting so many
in this flock that God forgot.
or perhaps they were too scared to
answer his pleas for help while
51 bullets riddled his innocent…
…body of 10 year old Chiquita Miller
dragged kicking and screaming
through overgrown lots of the
former Desire project past
young men ballin' it up, pausing
game just long enough to see her
being pulled into the abandoned…
…building where Richard Byrd was shot
for matching the description of enemy
Black male, white t-shirt, blue…
…jeans on the floor ripped off a young girl by
men who forgot the meaning of NO
and then evaded punishment hidden
in the homes of their forgiving….
…girlfriends threatened into silence
by promises of violence yet to come
calling out in vain for help but
words fall on closed ears because
authorities wont arrest if he hasn't killed you…
…yet this never-ending song
plays to a deaf audience
the cries of children, of grown men, of women
beaten into submission are
locked behind doors of
self-preservation, thoughts of
"protect thyself, fuck everyone else" while
lawmakers ensure that our borders are protected
ignoring the
everyday enemies of the people that
walk amongst us
disguised as good citizens that
lack humanity and
can't open their doors and their mouths to save…
…innocents being raped and killed for
being young, being slow, being female,
being in the wrong place at the wrong time

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