Updated: Nov 3, 2020
I think they scared of us....
1st They suppress my presence
Yes sir no sir
Speak up boy
Don't talk back
Check that tone
Take that base out your voice
Echoes of masters words stream from my mothers lips
Bandages for wounds they claim were self inflicted
Then they discredit my knowledge
I was 4, schooling my teacher on slavery
until she decided to embarrass me
as the butt of her jackassery
Fears of them taking me from her
My mother popped me on my lips
Dumming down my smart mouth
In high school all eyes were on me
whenever anything historically "of color" came up
Either Criticizing my accuracy
or laughing at my nervousness
"What causes an illness to be transferred?"
Me raising my hand - Mucus? Membrane?
They all laughed
"No, That's right Josh!"
Fake confusion took over my known correct answers in fear of becoming a know it all
Years later a man refused my orders on sight
The only engineer on site
Ready to swing on site
Yet polite, I'll call my partner
Who of course is white...
Just for them to reassure my orders were right
They claimed they thought I was an intern
So your scared I'm smarter AND intimidated I'm younger than you
I know their scared of us
You fear you are becoming extinct
Balance Ebonics and thermodynamics with one hand
While dapping up my student after I finished my lesson plan
You, see me as a threat
asking me to lessen my skill
A prince once told me Anger gets shit done
You weren't politickin with me when I approached your table civically
Now when we kick in your door and shook up your white sensitivity
Regret has you retreatin wishin for my kinder delivery.....
I Know they scared of us
Because New London PD just received a TANK
A FULL MILITARY GRADE TANK
For a City barely populated over 26,000
Y'all scared of us!
A campus sized city where half the black folks been pushed out
School budgets get vetoed, but the police need more troops without a doubt
1% for the kiddies, 11 mill for the armed guards
We not on the payroll so they clearly protectin y'all
Because we NEED MORE OFFICERS
While my request for a home printer was denied!
It took a pandemic for all our students to get Chromebooks , but fuck our black lives
How else can I present the math?
Oh...the scariest part is, Your kid is probably in my class