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Killing The Color Of Their Skin

Updated on April 7, 2012

Forced from their homes
Thrown into the hold
Chained and gagged
They did what they were told
They were unloaded
And herded like cattle
Sent to the plantation
And then began the battle
Deemed less than human
Whipped and scorned
Working for others
Their past mourned
Then the explosion
Suddenly free
Unprepared for the moment
Not knowing what they could be
40 acres and a mule
Was their reparation
Go make something of yourself boy
Was the proclamation
But what can you do
When you reach the wall?
You are not allowed to climb
You can only fall
Hung from a tree
For the color of his skin
The war was still on
His life didn’t win
A march across a bridge
To face the wall
To tear it down
With tears and God’s call
A moment of joy
Then cut down by a bullet
The trigger of hate
One man did pull it
The cost of freedom
Paid in generations
Then we tell them to count
All of their blessings
But today they died
More innocent black men
When will we stop
Killing the color of their skin?

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      The Suburban Poet 4 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Thank you Chazaclism and NayNay... sorry I took so long to respond.

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      NayNay2124 5 years ago

      I was moved by this hub. It is tragic that in this day and time we are still faced with so much hate. Voted up and beautiful.

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      Chazaclism 5 years ago

      What a sad day for Oklahoma. I hope the people of Tulsa now see the danger of being unarmed. People should not be indoctrinated by politicians with anti-self defense propaganda for the sake of political gain. This is an example of how it costs lives. May Oklahoma's blue district finally shine red, and do so in rememberance of the blood that been shed by this terrible crime. The killers, if convicted, deserve the full wrath of Oklahoma's Judicial System. I sincerely hope that the Federal Government allows the people of the state of Oklahoma to excute the perpetraters of this vicious felony, rather than look for political advantage, in presuing "hate crimes". Murder is murder.

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      The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Well unfortunately it's as I feared:

      http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/tulsa-shooting...

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      The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @chazaclism - Thank you for the kind words. I wasn't targeting Tulsa. It just happened to have some news this morning that made me react as you see. My mother is from Lawton and I have good friends in Tulsa and other towns in Oklahoma. I try not to broad-brush but if I did it wasn't my intention. I was trying to bring forward the history of black people and I feel sometimes that people forget the trauma and how long it takes to truly overcome. I don't expect everyone to agree but it's how I feel.

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      chazaclism 5 years ago from Miami, Florida

      **my comment did not pertain to the obvious talent and thought that went into your poem, it was strictly directed at the comment thread regarding my home state.

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      The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @chazaclism - Thank you for commenting. I will leave it as it stands.

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      chazaclism 5 years ago from Miami, Florida

      i am from shawnee oklahoma

      tulsa is the highest per captia crime city

      tulsa is the only district that goes blue on election day

      its the south central la of oklahoma

      tulsa is a stinkhole made that way be liberals

      there are no slaves in oklahoma

      you are race baiting and making an uninformed ass of yourself by proving (as people in Chicago, LA, SF, DC, NY, NJ to name a few) the point of those who support the right to self defense. please keep it up as it only outs wind in the sails of law abiding americans who have enjoyed our recent trips to the supreme court.

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      The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Hi Jo (I checked your profile)... I woke up this morning to read that some black men were killed in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It appears to be a mad man shooting randomly. I don't know the circumstances and I may have assumed too much (a white man doing the killing) but regardless I decided to write this on the spot... we need to come together (John Lennon) yet we seem to push ourselves away from the table.... Thank you for your kind words.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Wow... I wish I had written this, but I'm so glad you did. Voting up, all the way