For Mike Brown, Boycott Black Friday

A Poem by Deborah Wymbs

Because of Mike Brown, Boycott Black Friday.
Because black men are invisible, boycott Black Friday.
Because black men are dispensable, boycott Black Friday.
Because black men need to be heard, boycott Black Friday.
Because racism needs to stop, because ignorance has to end,
Because the police need to know their job, and do it right,
Because the police need to understand who they are
Before they become police. Because we no longer
Can put up with bullies with guns. Because we are no longer safe.
Because black men no longer want to be under attack
Because America is not fair, because America is not color blind.
Because black America is not at war with white America.
Because of Mike Brown, Eric Garner, John Crawford, Ezell Ford,
Dante Parker, Andrew Scott Gaynier, Dillon Taylor, Omar Abrego,
Diana Showman, Michelle Cusseaux, Joshua Paul, Maria Godinez,
Joseph Jennings, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Benjamin Martin—
Because they were black, they were murdered.
Because of Mike Brown, boycott Black Friday.

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