they can’t breathe

he can’t breathe

they can’t breathe

401 years since it began on U.S. soil

iron-collars – they can’t breathe

315 years since it was law

iron-chains – they can’t breathe

160 years since the last delivery

smothered in a hidden hold – they can’t breathe

57 years since the peaceful protests of Selma

high-pressure fire hoses – they can’t breathe

39 years since the official last lynching

nooses around necks – they can’t breathe

two-thousand and take-your-pick

cops and chokeholds

cops and knees

they can’t breathe

they still can’t breathe

written on May 31, 2020

*art credit: James Rhee

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