I am white and I am privileged
It is disrespectful to deny that relevant fact
Because when I walk to the store to buy candy
I don't worry for my life
Because when I see a police car drive by
I'm not stopped and questioned in the street for no reason
Because when I watch television and see an innocent man in the next city over
Tortured, helpless, dead
I do not think, "wow, that could have been me."
He is black and he is oppressed
It is disrespectful to deny the relevance of his oppression
It is disrespectful to speak the words, "all lives matter"
Because the so-called "protectors" of our cities do not believe his life mattered
It is disrespectful to ignore the deaths of these innocent people
Because ignoring these situations puts you on the side of the oppressor
It is disrespectful to pretend not to notice that our police force has killed
Ten times more people during the Ferguson riots
Than Germany's police force has killed in the past three years.
I will stand up for him
Because he couldn't.