Royalty "Letter To Your Flag" | 2018 Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam



we pledge allegiance to your flag of the United States of America and to your Republic for which it stands one nation under God indivisible with liberty and justice for who for you for some not for us not for our people so please stop saying we equal which you're a flag of red white and blue in one hand you beat us and to wear black and blue with the other beat us and to wear none beat us until we can't walk straight then you put us in Chains if you're lucky but for the ones of us who are so lucky you tell us to put our hands up some cyclists a tribute to your privilege and then you pull the trigger pull the trigger into our bodies laid down on your ground pull the trigger into your Clippers empty pull the trigger until we make your evening news and then when our children cry we have to look our children in the eyes and tell them that they have to be cautious that when they walk your streets they have to do so in fear that they have to spend an entirety of their life looking over their shoulder because you will hunt them down and you will bury them either in a prison system that aims to disenfranchise them where the dirt beneath their feet and this is all because of that same racism that you love to say no longer exist but we all know that that same racism is the reason that when we want to put a hood on we resist the reason that when we go to get these jobs we're dismissed at the door the reason that when we go to shop we're watching your stores that racism is the reason that us and your pledge of allegiance feels a lot like a root canal or whips impact that gets our flesh or baton to our head or a bullet in our back or tear gas and a black lives matter protest that racism is the reason that three women clinched their purses as I walk through the entrance of this very building it hurts that I have to remember that the system I was born into his bill to work against me hearse that I have to remember hers that I have to remember Hertz that I had hearse that I actually have to remember that you will happily invest more money into the preservation of Wildlife then you ever willing to the preservation of black life let me axe all the question when y'all turn on your TVs and witness another black bunny lay down your concrete what do y'all see another murder another sad story another funeral do you see the aftermath I see a little child that lost their father another single woman trying to raise a man another broken home which leads to another child that grows up and suffers the same fate as their father which means another black woman that outlives her adolescent son in this country right this is a culture that lacks equal rights for blacks and we love to say that black don't crack me while y'all shadow or melanin like glass my bag breaks for everybody you let our feet for every memory I try to be erased within your war zones it's like nice rebuilding my PTSD is on this way to the surface and my hate for this country reminds me that I'm for from patriotic so it's a little ironic that I pledge allegiance to your flag of the United States of America and to your Republic for which it stands one nation under God indivisible with liberty and justice for who [Applause]

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