Jun 27

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter
you say
write it in your bio
post it on your stories
Black Lives Matter
you say 
until you want to touch my mom's hair 
Black Lives Matter
until you compare the only black man you know to every any black person you see
Black Lives Matter
until you want yours to matter too
Black Lives Matter
until being black is an exotic and foreign thing to you
Black Lives Matter
until in history class, you single out the one black boy in your head
Black Lives Matter
until the protesters should be a little more peaceful
until all cops aren't bad
Black lives matter
until the ghetto is filled with 'dangerous kinds of people'
Black Lives Matter 
until you defend your racist parents
Black Lives Matter
until you underestimate systemic racism
until you 'didn't choose to be white'
Black Lives Matter
until you 'don't see color' yet color is all you see
Black Lives Matter
until all of your friends are white
Black Lives Matter
until your family refuses to talk about race because 'they aren't political'
yet my grandparents had no choice because they were forced to be 'political' the moment their coffee skin emerged into the world
Black Lives Matter
until we let our white privilege shield us from facts
Black Lives Matter
until it's not a trend anymore
Black Lives Matter
but where were you before George Floyd? 
were you around when Tamir Rice was shot down
did you hear about Michael Brown
do you even know who these people are?
or did you just google them because you want to seem woke the next time your friend asks you a question
Black Lives Matter
until the only thing you put on your IG stories until now was
like and comment on the new photo!
Black Lives Matter
until the only reason you comment on posts
or sign a petition
or engage with a racist
is to send a screenshot to your friends 
is to get praise for 'using your platform and privilege the right way'
Black Lives Matter
until they didn't matter a few months ago
until you blame your uneducated behavior on your whiteness
Black Lives Matter
But do you really think that?
Black Lives Matter
but when you realized my mom was biracial
she was all the sudden a completely different person
Black Lives matter
until the only thing in your feed is feminism and white girls posing on the beach 
Black Lives Matter
until they don't anymore