Image of Blackness

by 144Play

Black male
Strong and virile
Wild beast
With little chance of taming
These horrific tales about men like me
No wonder our pale brothers are afraid
A suspect in every crime
Mention black male
Watch as their pulse quickens
Find the beast
Screeching tires
My rights they care about not in the least
Guns drawn quickly
Excuse me what have I done?
Shut up!  Down on your knees
Shaky hands kept where they can be seen
Not wanting to make a bad situation worse
As I hear the tendons in his trigger finger 
A black manís curse
Hands cuffed
Identification pulled
Wrong guy apprehended
No apology given
I fit the description
No matter how skewed
Dangerous and Black
They perceived me to be
Dangerous black male
By our pale brothers in blue
Legacy in Black 
This image construed
Whatís really going on?

Image of Blackness by 144Play

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