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Up & Down

December 5, 2018
By Rachelle-Mae PLATINUM, Gb, New Jersey
Rachelle-Mae PLATINUM, Gb, New Jersey
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I have a dream, 

To produce a growing change.

Defeating the prejudice and stereotypes,

As the unfair convictions continue to be maintained.


It begins with the police,

And the excessive bullets shot through.

Motivated by the rolling innocence,

I can assure you.


These rates don't stop increasing, 

And are devastatingly high.

What monstrosity law enforcement has turned in to,

Going forward through different eyes.


Sentencing on status,

Arresting on reps,

Where has the hate ceased?

There's not too many steps.


"Not everything's about race",

"Don't just assume".

Bring that to the discriminatory atmosphere,

As the hidden conversations about race resume. 

The author's comments:

Wrote this poem in my English composition class at my first semester of college. We were assigned to create a poem, a "found" poem, using different words from our final research paper. I wrote my research paper on the mass incarceration of African-Americans and how the criminal justice system is biased because of the discrimination against them. I believe that this issue has been increasing everyday, and it is important to talk about. I'm very proud of this poem and my research paper. 

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