Free Verse vol. 2

I just want to wear this gray hoodie
Don’t shoot
I just want to wear this blue shirt
Don’t shoot
I just want to wear this red shirt
Don’t shoot
I just want to wear all black
Don’t shoot

So we hang out in a group
Don’t shoot
So we walk around after dark
Don’t shoot
So we want to ride our skateboard
Don’t shoot
So we have melanin in our skin
Don’t shoot

I fit most police descriptions
Don’t shoot
I look like some other gang banger
Don’t shoot
I have my music up too high
Don’t shoot
I just want to see tomorrow please
Don’t shoot

Hate crime still exist
We know this
But what we are seeing now
Has to do with prejudice
We are not being hated
By the color of our skin
Just the content of our person
Or perception of our content
This has been happening since
Zoot suits
All I can do is put my hands up
Don’t shoot

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