Why Being a Black Father in America
Today Frightens and Angers Me
For it is not light that is needed, but fire;
it is not the gentle shower, but thunder.
We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.
—Frederick Douglass, 1852I am an American, a descendent of an African boy
We walk and drive down city streets,
get stopped by flashing blue lights, cars
emblazoned with the word POLICE.
White men who stop us step out of their cars,
pull their guns, shoot, and kill us.
Alton Sterling and Philando Castile,
black, young—shot and killed
by white police officers in two American cities.
such horrifying images and viral afterimages,
far too many, but not enough for them
to see the guilt and dishonor
of militarized police officers
who kill innocent African American boys and men.