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Big game hunting

 Big game hunting in the streets
Militarization of the police

Two young men of color in my office today
Disturbed by events unfolding nationally and reactions
                     Interactions
        On campus
  While home on break
               On social media sites
                            With friends
Acquaintances

                  Callousness
      Towards
                  Death
    The loss of precious life
              What runs through their heads (of course)
                     Is
          "Could have been me"
Afraid, Enraged, Engaged, Provoked...
           "Could have been me"
Cold, blood congealing on hard concrete...
           "Could have been me"
Dead, abandoned throughout the day...

Would all these people still then say trite phrases, make jokes, poke fun?
Someone died. He didn't have to.  

However...
     This issue is not confined nor bound to
            Color
                   Alone
                            Nor
                                 Ethnicity.
                  Oh no
This issue encompasses distance
            Otherization
                  If you will
Distance is not in our best interests
       It polarizes
                     Minimizes
Divides and conquers
                            Exploits
                                   Mistreats
                  Invites self-deceit, conceit
Mirrored shades to hide behind
No windows to the soul revealed
Allows soullessness then to pervade?

Combat gear to cower behind
Protecting tender flesh
Does that then allow cruelty towards another's unprotectedness?

Complex weaponry to apprehend criminality
When and where are drawn the lines for use?
       Too easy to cross over: abuse

Again and again
              Lessons gleaned from
                            History
Power corrupts
                 Absolute power corrupts
              Absolutely
How many times
              How many ways
                            Must this education
                 Occur?
Written by Savaja
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