I Can't Breathe

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I can't breathe
Beneath the crushing weight of bodies
Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, Jimmy Mubenga and so many more
And
I can't breathe in the stranglehold of police brutality
And
I can't breathe as long as our girls, our Nigerian daughters, are still missing and it's been eight months now
And
I can't breathe because I'm drowning in mothers' tears

And
I can't breathe the stench of Mexico's mass graves
And
I can't breathe because I'm being water-boarded to make the world safe for democracy
And
I can't breathe because black lives have never really mattered to the world
And
I can't breathe thinking of my ancestors in slave collars
And
I can't breathe because I'm choking on tear gas
And
I can't breathe as long as liberty and justice for all means liberty and justice for some
And
I can't breathe if I keep silent
So I open my voice and speak,
and shout the outrage
Calling for a world
Where all of us can breathe.

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