Juneteenth

#BLACKLIVESMATTER

#Black Lives Matters Co-Founders Patrisse Khan-Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi
#BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives.
It's Raining Ferguson (Lorraine Currelley Video Poem)

Silence

Do not rest comfortably.
Silence grants entitlement and privilege for some and injustice for others.
Silence is complacency. Going along to get along with family, friends
and colleagues.
Silence justifies brutality and murder in protection of privilege.
Silence whispers freedom for us and chains for those wearing charcoal skin.
Silence an unfaithful whore assures our safety and that we get to breathe
while others don‘t.
Silence is laughing and condoning racial slurs, fueling fires of generational blind justice.

Words tearing skin from bone.  I can’t breathe.

Words pressing knees to neck.  I can’t breathe.
Words jogging.  I can’t breathe.
Words bird watching.  I can’t breathe.
Words sitting at home.  I can’t breathe.
Words swimming I can’t breathe.
Words driving.  I can’t breathe.
Words car stopped.  I can’t breathe.
Words children selling water to go to Disneyland.  I can’t breathe.
Words a Black man strategically wearing light clothing and crossing to the opposite side of the street on evening errands when a White woman turns hearing footsteps behind her. Knowing her mood can result in his death.
Words breathing.  I can’t breathe.
Words pleading.  I can’t breathe.

I can’t ….

©Lorraine Currelley June 01, 2020. All Rights Reserved