Abdoulaye Gueye Can't Breathe

Go Tell them Why We Can’t Breath

’Tell them why we can’t breath
They complain of noise and stench to neighbours
Because black males ‘move in district’

 ’Tell them why we can’t breath
He raises a pit bull on red meat and soy
Because black males ‘make filthy neighborhood’

’Tell them why we can’t breath!
He joins the NRA and wears a gun
Because black males ‘roam neighborhood’

’Tell them why we can’t breath!
She gives up her sunny garden for X-ray tanning
Because black males ‘peep through fences’

’Tell them why we can’t breath
She hugs her purse against her breast
Because black males ‘wander in streets’

’Tell them why we can’t breath
They want to ban rap and blues
Because black males ‘corrupt the youth’

’Tell them why we can’t breath!
They muzzle the Panthers and spill Crack in the ghetto
Because black males ‘get political’

 

Abdoulaye Gueye is a Professor at the University of Ottawa

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