Before The Bullets Flew

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*I wish Trayvon and Jordan were names I never knew.   If I could, yes I would, rewind the tape to before the bullets flew.

*I’d stop and reflect on how it came to be. These teens each one - black just like me.

*I'd rewind some more to the laws in that state that were made by people filled with such hate.   

*I'd look in the eyes of lawmakers there and question a law so wrong and unfair.

*How a teen walking home with Skittles and tea could be the "threat" that they claimed him to be.  How a teen in a car with the music too loud ended up a "threat" to some Stand Your Ground. 

*Where’s the outrage? The marches? The demand for repeal?  Is anyone out there? Mayor? Governor? Does anyone care?

*Thank God I don’t live in that Sunshine State! The land of Walt Disney, the land of black teen hate! 

*The irony, the contrast, the Jekyll and Hyde.   I pray, yes, I pray for the madness to subside. 

*If I could I would go back to before the bullets flew.  Before the world for black teens turned so black and blue. 

*Before Trayvon and Jordan died.  Before each ones parents cried.

*Before black families in the Sunshine State had to fear every time their black teens came home late. 

*I wish Trayvon and Jordan were names I never knew.   If I could, yes, I'd rewind the tape to before the bullets flew.

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