predominately white institutions

If You Give A White Man a Gun

If you give a white kid internet anonymity, he will create a Yik Yak.
he will click anon on Tumblr.
if he clicks anon on Tumblr,
he will send you internet Howlers.

When you are participating in an online social media campaign
toimprove cultural competence and diversity
at your predominately white institution,
#BURememberWhen,
he will send you
“Do you not understand how little you understand
with your little half ass knowledge and full blown assumptions
of how statistics work?”
He will send you
“Microaggressions do not exist.
There is offensive and unoffensive.
There is no middle ground.”
He will send you hate messages
with an egg avi on Twitter,
at our police brutality march,
he’ll YikYak,
“Damn, the one night I leave my waterhose at home”.

If you give a white man a ship, he will “Discover America”.
If you give a white man slavery, he will build a country from your blood.
If you give a white man a slave, he will rape her.
If give a white man a cotton gin, he will create a second Middle Passage.
If you give a white man a pen, he will write a bill.
if you give a white man a pen,
he will give you declarations that were never meant to protect you.
If a white man gives you an Emancipation Proclamation,
it will do nothing.

If you give a white man a badge, in 1850,
he will be hired to hunt runaway slaves.
If you give a white man a gun, he will shoot you.
If you give a white man a badge, in 2016,
he will be allowed to bag the gun
he shot you with for evidence,
while you’re on put trial for your own murder.

If you give a white man a gavel,
he will tell you that separate is equal.
he will let a white supremacist cover his Nazi tattoos in court,
so the jury would treat him fairly.
If you give a white man a jury, they will not indict
the murder of an unarmed black fill- in-the-blank,
tell you your Trail of Tears is overreacting
the levees of your eyes will still be cracked from Katrina,
if you give a white man a helicopter,
he will fly over and watch.

If you give a white man a three-pieced suit and title “Prosecutor”
while he doubles as a defense attorney for his friend
who murdered a black unarmed teen,
he will say this isn’t about race.

If you give a white man a gun,
he will shoot you.
If you give a white man the benefit of the doubt,
he’ll be sentenced to six months in county jail and probation,
despite the three guilty counts of sexual assault
if you give a white man the benefit of the doubt,
he’ll be released three months early.
If you give a white man a gun, he will shoot you.
If you give a white man the benefit of the doubt,
after murdering nine people in a church,
he will be led out with a bullet proof vest.
would you like some fries with your white supremacy?

If you give a white man fear, he will turn his phobias into “ism”s.
If you give a white man a protest, he will give you a water hose,
or a billy club, or tear gas. or rubber bullets.
If you give a white man a head start, he will keep it.
If you give a white man Fox News, he will call you no angel.
If you give a white man a confederate flag,
he will claim it’s heritage, not hate.
if you give a white man a media,
he will dial every station to his white noise.
if you give a white man white noise,
he will make it america’s ringtone.

If you give a white man a gun, he will shoot you.
If you give a white man a system, he will keep it.
If you give a white man a country, he will ban all the Muslims.
If you give a white man a presidential nomination,
God help us all

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On March 19th, 2014, African American student organizations united dressed in all black for what was called “Black Out Day”. Black Out Day symbolized black unity across the campus of Northern Illinois University. The black clothing was not only a symbol of unity, but also represented the movements of the 1960’s and the people that paved the way for us all. “Black Out Day” not only brought together the Black community on the campus of a Predominately White Institution, but reminded the students of African decent we are ONE.
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