shortly after the murder of freddie gray in baltimore baltimore schools organized a write-in for poems addressing it. sometimes i return to this powerful poem written for this. #VerseThursday
I feel most colored when
by Jaida Griffin (grade 11)
I feel most colored when the pen bursts. When spurts of pigment mark my palms I see that brown and blue is not a combination so common as black and blue.
Black by culture, brown in color, I find there are blue veins in my wrists.
I will be beaten black and blue later on tonight, by a man in black and blue.
Let’s not talk about white as if it’s not the issue because half of the officers were black, right? I feel colored.
I feel most colored as I sit here eating this strawberry, wondering if it’s the same red as the blood that will likely be shed tonight.
Tonight I feel most colored.
Every night, through, I feel colored,
As the beautiful blackness of the sky gets no attention,
Only the moon and stars.
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It doesn't take too long of a perusal down any history book to see that any attempts to clamp down on pornography end up affecting any people who end up outside the range of allowed normalcy - queers, racial minorities, disabled folks, whatever. Often that's the actual goal!
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