The ongoing epic saga of the battle for Civil Rights has gained a boost from African American activist sans poet Shawn Welcome. He has posted a video on YouTube of his work, “Stand4Life Promo (Shawn Welcome – Civil War)”
“Bayonets in my neighbors’ neck if they’re close enough, gun-smoke and tensions in the air, this won’t end for another four years. The American Civil War, a bloody conflict within the same nation. On the backs of Blacks was built the wealthiest…” he laments, “Slave ships were packed and hearts were hardened, never asked to be here how unfair that we’re the problem…“
Welcome continues: “Never asked to be here, how unfair that they’re the problem,” he says as he moves his hand in cradle formation near his stomach alluding to the unborn babies in America.
“All in the name of freedom. Party like a rock-star while little ones are dying.
“Silent screams from injected saline and dreams you will never hear because little lungs were punctured before they could fully function,
WHO WILL BE A VOICE FOR THE VOICELESS?” he cries out,
“How many freight trains of injustice will roll by behind church buildings while service inside sings louder?
“Hands in the air, pump up the volume…drowning out the rumblings of oppression.
“No formal funerals, nor miniature caskets, only the likes of medical waste to management tell me “how many pounds of flesh do you pick up for profit?
He continues with an eerie and compelling question: “And when will that “waste” begin to weigh down on your conscience?”
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