by Wednesday at 6:09 pm•
This absolute utterance from a young Danez Smith runs through my head every time a cop like Derek Chauvin kills a man like George Floyd in the street, or every time a white person threatens to weaponize the state against a black person for petty bullshit and then the response from white America is: Why do you have to make this about race??? As Smith says in this poem: "because you made it that way!"
(Side note: My GOD has it really been six years since they performed this poem in Detroit? Seven years since Black Lives Matter rose up following the slayings of Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin? And still we have large numbers of thinking people responding to racist violence in this way? I wouldn't dare admit surprise, but it's no wonder Smith's narrator has "left Earth in search of darker planets.")
Anyhow, you can find this poem, "dear white america," in Smith's book, Don't Call Us Dead, available at local bookstores.
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