Emmitt Till, July 25, 1941 – August 28, 1955
Ron Settles, June 12, 1959 — June 2, 1981
Trayvon Martin, February 5, 1995 – February 26, 2012
Learning is experiential,
Education theoretical in some damn book;
Staying in your lily white halls,
In your upper class malls,
Don’t tell me about justice served.
Ron Settles drove his car,
Minding his own business;
He was in my class,
Cops beat his ass,
Dead at 21 for driving while black.
Your darkness don’t scare me,
Your whiteness just might;
It’s what it’s in your soul,
It’s what you can control,
That keeps me up at night.
Get out of your small towns,
Get out of your small minds,
Go meet some other people;
Stop chanting at your steeples,
Loving your neighbor ain’t staying with your same kind.
Some of my best friends are this,
Some of my best friends are that,
Don’t give me that bullshyte;
This land got a bad blight,
You part of the problem or part of the solution?