Poetry: ‘Black In America’ By Eric Jordan Campbell (@IntellectsRUs)

Amer­ica my dear..
Keep our souls near.
Too many shirts say­ing Rest In Peace
You see me as a less­er me.
How can that be?
It seems like gen­o­cide.
At least from my eyes.
I don’t blame white people
For not see­ing us as equals.
We’ve been desens­it­ized
Black people dying is so com­mon that it does­n’t make the news.
Bloods singing the blues.
Pris­ons are filled with faces that resemble mine.
Even look­ing through a prism i can see were behind enemy lines.
But I don’t blame YOU.
You will remain you until you see it through my eyes.
I leave the house know­ing that a white man can take my life
At any time
Claim he was threatened
And get off scotch free.
To you we are peas­ants..
“Who gon stop me”
Oh… hi officer.
You say I look lost sir?
All I did was make a U‑turn
And look that made you turn
Hah. One day i’ll taste free­dom and it will be deli­cious.
But here’s why I don’t blame you.
The reas­on you will remain you.
You hate nig­gas. Shit I do too. Not black people, but nig­gas.
The ones that des­troy every pos­it­ive thing we do.
So in a sense,
I under­stand…
Your inner sense
And lack of inno­cence tells you not to trust us…
It’s just us.
My skin pig­ment will forever mean no justice.
Case closed. Why bring me before a jury when you’ve already judged us?
Why wake up in the morn­ing when I know both my own race and whites would love to see me fail?
You can be as blind as you want. But the words are in braille.
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Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal

Edit­or / PR Con­sult­ant at No Bounds
Rishma Dhali­w­al has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.

About Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal
Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.

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