Taye Diggs Pens Powerful Poem About Police Brutality

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Following the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, the country was rocked with protests and demands for justice. While their deaths, by no means, were the first of their kind, the constant cycle with seemingly no relief in sight was perhaps what caused celebrities to take a stand like never before.

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Black Hollywood was reported to have had a secret meeting to discuss a course of action and ways to help. Michael Jordan recently donated $2 million dollars to aid in police and community relations, and Carmelo Anthony united community leaders and police for an open, honest discussion just last week.

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While there’s no appropriate approach to how one should speak out on these matters, some celebrities have opted to take the creative route. Jay Z recently dropped a song discussing the issue and today (August 1) Taye Diggs has penned a poem. The poem which tells the story of a young boy finding his parents watching a news report about a man being shot by police and wondering if he’d be forced to suffer the same fate.

 

 

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Im finished brushing my teeth I'm coming down the stairs I'm ready for my bedtime story Does anybody care —————————————— I'm standing in my P. J.s My bunny slippers on But Ma and Pa are watching tv I think something's wrong ——————————————- Why is mommy crying Pa She's pointing at the screen It's like she knows them people People I never seen ——————————————– And why does daddy look so mad Mommy do you know He keeps on rubbing the side of his head And walking to and fro ——————————————- What is this tv show —————————————– And now I start to feel real weird My insides getting heavy I yell at mommy one more time Daddy Are you forgetting —————————————- Mama slowly turns to me Her face fighting the tear She cut the tv off right quick She kneels and pulls me near —————————————- Why is daddy leaving the room Why did he slam the door Mommy searches for her words In the matted carpeted floor —————————————- Honey something very bad happened We didn't want you to see But we just saw a man get shot Right on our colored tv ————————————- Why would someone shoot that man You both said guns were not good Did the man steal or rob someone Was he not doing what he should ————————————— Then I feel my mama's anger The straight stiff of her back No she hissed through her teeth Police shot him cuz he was black —————————————- I tilt my head with question As Daddy enters still blue But my skins dark just like the Man's Does that mean I'll die too? —————————————– Ma and pa stare at each other Blank scared looks on the front of their heads Neither of them could say a word As I imagine myself……. Dead.

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