We’re proud to publish the work of revolutionary activist poet James Litkett, beginning with his stirring tribute in memory of Eric Garner’s 2014 death at the hands of New York City police.
For Erica Garner
Where oh where can she be?Can someone help me, help me,Please. I seem to be in theWrong place, lost and confusedAs to who I’m and where INeed to be. I’m searchingFor my country ‘tis ofThee, sweet land of libertyFor everyone but me! LandWhere my mother cries endlessly!Land where my father and brothersDie daily! Land of the nobleFree, except for me! SweetFreedoms song, for all but me!Author of liberty to all but me!Why, I say, to thee shouldI sing? In a land so brightWithin freedom’s holy light,Why am I not protectedAnd respected within freedomsHoly light or protected by thineHoly might, Great God, King of all!We are not expendable, disposable Products! As of this time 8/23/143:51 PM this day of Sharpton’sStaten Island March,for my deceased brother, Eric Garner! Murdered in the streets By illegal police chokehold, Which transformed into a legalized new age lynching! At this time I demand All hostile actions cease and desist In regard to the Black man(an endangered species!) ThatMy 14th amendment rights Be upheld, without delay: No state shall Make or enforce any law Which shall abridge the Privileges or immunities Of citizens of the U.S.Nor shall any state deprive Any person of life, liberty or Property, without due process of Law; nor deny to any person within It’s jurisdiction the equal protection of said laws. This America isThe moment of truth, we will Come to a rational decision And course of action due to theFacts, rules and law now in place! Conquer we must, with our cause Being so just! In the year2014 where, oh where is my America. Why, oh why can’t It still be found! Must I lookUnderground! Wait another day You say? Oh no way! Cause I have no more time, so just Go ahead andGiv’me mine!!!