By Zakiyyah Singletary
Discussed: racial violence
Thank you to the fire inside of me that finally lit and allowed me to speak my truth.
For 400 years you kept us enslaved raped us beat us tainted us and killed us yet somehow you are the ones that fear us you see my skin color as a weapon and shoot at every chance you get because even though we are unarmed we will always be viewed as armed with the melanin embedded in our skin you stop every little brown boy with a hoodie on his head racially profile every little brown girl with afros as big as your ego you refuse to look within and see that you are the monsters you so desperately are trying to run away from you created this social construct called race to identify my blackness as darkness and your whiteness as pure to you we are equal as long as we don’t commit a crime no matter how small then we become slaves of the state again with the 13th amendment you have jail cells ready for little black boys as soon as they are suspended they are 5x more likely to go to jail than white men you’re sitting in albany collecting the money waiting for them to become another statistic and I fear for all seven of my brothers’ lives and pray for all of my sisters that a picture of us will not end up under the next #black lives matter a mother is living without her child wondering if she hadn’t let them out would they be here a child is without a life that barely ever began now left to be six feet beneath this is for the victims who didn’t get the justice they deserved thank you Eric Garner Trayvon Martin Tamir Rice Michael Brown Freddie Gray Aiyana Stanley Jones Terence Crutcher Kimani Gray Philando Castile Sandra Bland we are beautiful deserving of life and we matter so does your story may you all rest in heaven sincerely the girl who will never stay quiet again
Zakiyyah Singletary is a class of 2020 Girls Write Now mentee based in Brooklyn, NY.