Alton Sterling /circulation

July 6, 2016

I am silenced

 

not by bullets. 

 

as

Black Men

are.

 

I am silenced because

I am choking.

 

I am choking 

on my 

White Privilege. 

 

because my colorlessness keeps me safe

sometimes.

my Caucasian existence-

 

These words

can not 

get out.

 

I can’t get these fucking words out. 

 

and. it feels like. it doesn't matter.

My words. 

 

Because

it's not my words

that are bleeding

today.

 

My white privilege

gives me words

that are lodged in my throat

that now circulate Facebook

 

while 

another video 

circulates

 

of 

 

Another

 

Black

 

Life

 

taken.

 

 

 

Alton Sterling.

 

 

 

Alton Sterling's life.

 

Alton Sterling's blood 

 

no longer circulates his body.

 

His blood circulates the streets

 

Of The Land

Of The Free

 

of the Fourth of July barbecue. 

 

Alton Sterling's blood

 

deserves more than this. 

this fucking poem that I try to write because I live with

Gay White Male Freedom

which is more than-

 

it's not

 

bullets

at a deli

on a Wednesday

.

.

.

.

.

 

 

 

If you’re not choking on your white privilege

 

a bullet is irrelevant 

to your

circulation

 

because 

 

you have no blood to bleed.

 

because your blood circulates your life

 

while

Alton's Sterling's bleeding

 

circulates

 

your freedom.

 

 

 

 

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