Inspired by the words of Luis Antonio Pichardo, Founder &
Executive Director of DSTL Arts
In this time of pandemic protest &
that they believe in fighting for
Social Justice &
Equity for all. But many
have not reflected a history
of doing precisely that. Have not
acknowledged our Diaspora.
As a boy
as a teen & as a Black man
I have been profiled.
I have been followed.
I have been stopped
for no reason &
because I fit the description.
I have been harassed &
detained & manhandled by police.
I don't believe all cops
are racist thugs. Some
really want to protect & Serve. Think
of trying to empty
a vast ocean of racism brutality &
murder with a teaspoon. Or
if one cop is a racist murdering thug
& ten thousand cops stand by &
then ten thousand
& one cops
are racist murdering thugs. Period.
To do nothing
is just as bad as
doing the wrong something. As bad as
fear of dark bodies as bad as stereotyped
into a fear of me. I cannot forget that
I am not equal that we
are not equal.
But I have learned
to live with that damaging fact
our voices have immense worth
centuries of being
We are not a footnote. Are not a trend.
We are as many
as you can think of plus one more.
I will no longer lightly walk behind
a one of you who fear me:
Note/: Italicized quote by June Jordan from
I Must Become a Menace to My Enemies.