Poetry: Eric Jordan Campbell (@IntellectsRUs) ‘The Revolution Will Be Televised’

Fury raced through my veins as the ver­dict was read
Year after year spent think­ing the black man will get ahead.
Guess my ima­gin­a­tion has been run­ning wild
Because how do you jus­ti­fy a man tak­ing the life of a child
Its not possible.
Not probable.
My skin col­or seems to be anoth­er obstacle.
Woosah, let it burn.
Stand your ground.. Stand firm
I won’t burn my city
But I’ll burn this flag
I was taught to turn the oth­er cheek,
I allow you to kiss my ass.
I shut my mouth and let this one pass.
But, wait, I’m not you.
I nev­er wore your shoes
Don’t know the mud you got through…
You don’t know the roads I’ve traveled.
Don’t know the bag­gage I’ve car­ried or the hassle.
Change will come eventually..
Let’s take mat­ters into our own hands,
I’ve killed the child inside me and became a grown man.
Pops taught me that this gun doesn’t make me a man
Use my mind to fight instead of my hands.
How many cow­ards have screamed out black power?
Your tend­ency to respond with white supremacy.
That’s what makes us enemies.
Remem­ber me…
The clothes I wear don’t make me.
The col­or of my skin made you hate me.
That may the past but you expect me to trust YOU faithfully?
Good joke.
No hope.
No justice, no peace.
I won’t sleep.
I had dreams from a young age,
I wouldn’t be a nigga involved in gun play
I would fur­ther my knowledge
Gradu­ate from college
Change the world for the better
But right now I’m writ­ing my broth­er this letter
He’s in jail for a drug charge.
Serving a couple years hard.
I laugh though noth­ings funny
Because while my eyes and nose are runny
My neigh­bor served no time for child molestation
He walks these streets without hesitation.
And my broth­er lost his life
That’s equal­ity right?

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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 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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