It’s Coming For You: The Noose That Stole Our Sister, Sandra


We,
black folk,
all know the feeling

of the noose.

We gasp for air

when we see them roll

by with badges,

or in large groups.

We know in any second,

our access to air,

the power to breathe

freely might just be cut off.

We feel it in the classrooms too.

If we speak to passionately

we will be disciplined

and dismissed

as a scourge and true representative

of our race.

If we speak plainly,

we are noted as stupid,

rotten fruits of so-called affirmative actions.

The noose grows tighter.

We

feel

it.

We feel it when

our children and

siblings are out at night

and the news casually

mentions the death

–not murder–

of black boys and girls,

and we pray

“not ours.”

Blisters

on

our

necks.

We

can’t

breathe.

Election season comes around.

They tell us

#BlackLivesMatter,

to their pocketbooks

and campaign prospects.

Sure,

we know,

black folks built the White House,

and only black death

can buy it back.

The noose lifts us off our feet.

Barack says

“pull up your pants.”

Hillary chuckles

and says “all lives matter”

before she moves on

to press a

“black for hillary sticker on your heart.

O’Malley smiles

and reminisces on “good ole days

in Baltimore” when

your blocks burned.

Sanders speaks…

of “billionaires,

crooked capitalism

and King”

he sees your pockets

have holes, but not your hands

sweaty,

on the noose.

Sandra fought for you,

while Rachel imitated you.

Sandra Bland.

#SayHerName

She was Harriet.

She was Assata.

She was Malcolm.

She was Angela.

She

is

dead

and you’re still hanging.

Will you die peacefully?

or cut down this tree

powered

by black bloodletting?

and demonstrate

the essence of blackness unbound,

unbought

and unlynched?

Walk with me, family

and let us honor the blood of our

sojourning sister.

sandra bland

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8 Comments Add yours

    1. blaqueerflow says:

      Sister, if only we believed what we profess others too. If we believed each and every black life mattered, that none was disposable. There be no nooses left and no more missing children, fathers, mothers or black folk just trying to live. We have work to do, together.

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  1. Love reading this, so thoughtful and full of originality. But I hope you won’t tune out if Bernie doesn’t win… There’s a lot of Democrats, like me, that really like the new and historic presidential style of Obama and all of the productive conversations many around the country are now having that haven’t been addressed before. It would be a real shame to get slapped with another (insert in the blank Republican) in office because just enough Democrats were discouraged by the political system and didn’t vote. There’s a lot to be angry about, but a lot to be optimistic about. Hopefully optimistic enough to progress forward in Obama era.

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    1. blaqueerflow says:

      Thanks Dub! Didn’t know you read my blog. Hillary or whoever must own my vote. I will be voting, even if for a third party candidate. But I won’t sit out. The candidates must promote a clear, explicit platform for ending the crisis of white anxiety exacted on black lives for centuries, across the nation. I miss you. Maybe I’ll visit you for my birthday in December?!

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  2. The Black Male Nudist says:

    Reblogged this on The Black Male Nudist and commented:
    It’s Coming For You!!!

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  3. The Black Male Nudist says:

    This is poignant yet so true. This reaches to the highest mountain and flows to the lowest valley

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    1. Thank you for your kind words love. I appreciate the work you’re doing and the support you always freely given.

      Liked by 1 person

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