Monday, June 29, 2020

Black Lives Matter/ All Lives Matter

All lives matter but given a history of slavery, Jim Crow, segregation, lynching and discrimination
A taking of a black life should merit special condemnation
If a black goes to an early grave
Because of lack of income opportunity that’s a life we must try to save
If a black goes to an early grave because his neighborhood water and air reek with toxic death
That’s a black life we should try to save by cleaning up to our last breath
If a black goes to an earlier grave because of failed schools
Puts him out on the street without needed tools
That’s a failing we if we believe in the power of education must correct
Inner city schools that condemn blacks to jail or prison we must reject
If because of crime and unrest from the inner cities employers with jobs flee
Urban economic zones with tax breaks we must try to create hope and prosperity
This should be done not because of induced  guilt at being white
But removing means to quality education and employment not only dumb but not right
Tearing down statues, burning businesses and looting is not a way to have prosperity found
When the statues of the present are not on pedestals but remains of building burned to the ground
© June 29, 2020 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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