trayvon-martin

PIGMENTATION AND PISTOLS

My hips bear the bodies of men
who will bear witness to an age where
melanin and murder may be synonymous.
Mainstream media begs to crawl into my womb
in an attempt to be birthed from my struggle
but they are no children of mine.
Blackness is not my favourite dress,
you don’t get to borrow it when you want to look cute
It doesn’t fit you
and no it’s not because my ass is too fat
but because my shoulders have borne the weight of a history
no book has had the spine to hold
ebony wings robbed of feathers in gales titled ‘hate fuelled’ and ‘race related’
and when those faceless men finally tear my clothes from me
I will shame them with the nakedness of my shoulder blades
Coloured girl fluent in the oppressors tongue,
If you are ever unsure where to stand
stand on the side without the guns

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On February 26th 2012, George Zimmerman stalked 17-year-old Trayvon Martin through a gated community in Sanford, Florida, and then shot him through the heart. Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Justice declined to file civil rights charges against the killer, two years after a state court acquitted him of murder. These are the lessons we learned in between.

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Do not forget this face! It has been almost 3 years since 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, and the man who got away with murder was just arrested again on another weapons related incident. He was profiled, stalked, tracked, and then murdered by a man with violent tendencies yet justice was not served. Not only was his life taken, but so was his character. The young boy was accused of being a ‘thug’ despite being an average teenager doing teenager things, and having committed no crime when he was shot down. Do not forget this face, do not let history forget this young man. He was a victim, but was convicted of being Black and wearing a hoodie, a crime punishable by murder.

R.I.P. Trayvon Martin