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Voice of Black Studies Blog
Thursday, April 30 2015

Rage in the City
By Katia Joseph

You want me to voice my rage in silence
Like a good Christian
and crucify me to the cross
like the son of man
Oh, you hypocrite Pharisees
even the son was a thug
Woe to you!
I took my rage to the streets
flipped the tables in temples
stopped the highways 
 burned the city
Boom, boom, boom!
my rage, 
               my frustration
                                           my suffocation
                                                                       my injustice
Can be heard in the big BOOM
I will shake the city until my voice is heard
I will shake the city until I am truly free
I am a man,

                  woman,

                                mother,

                                              brother,

                                                            sister,

                                                                       cousin

You cannot call me thug, unruly

Savage?
 I am not
NO! NO! NO!
you cannot enslave and imprison my mind
I am free,
My freedom came with a price
If you don’t believe me,
 ask Toussaint, Dessalines, King, X, and Evers

All bled in the streets

 to set me free

Listen neo planters!

 21st century massa!

 I will not be suffocated

My voice will be heard

 in the big BOOM

throughout the city

throughout the country

Your justice system creates prisons like plantations

sucking life out of me

Taking away my dream

colonizing my thoughts

A prisoner?

NO!

A nigger?

YOUR NEGRO!

I am not!

Non plus!

I declare it

An agitator?

 I am

 for the cause of my people

their freedom

The city will hear my voice,

hear my cry

and my suffering too.

BOOM is

                my rage

                              my cry

                                         in the city

                                                          for my humanity

                                                                                        for my people

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