Wednesday, June 29, 2016

People who wear suits every day by Cassie Kinney


The criminal justice system
Is carried out by white supremacists.
They maintain class inequality,
Likewise justify racist policing.
It punishes a person's character and failings,
Rather than the system's structural limitations.
But it's hard to make a system good
Without that money to operate it.
Gotta have a budget for that,
And then cut that budget in half.
Balance the budget on the backs of the poor,
While holding them accountable
In the name of meritocracy ideology.
It has become a multilayered bureaucracy
To pay for a scheme of things.
Increasing the sentences,
Increasing the fines and fees,
To pay for the system that perpetuates
A matrix of domination.
When money goes to war and policing,
Resources are taken away from teaching.
These are the people that wear suits every day.
They want to be cowboys of vigilantism--
Enraptured by the idea of themselves --
The idea of being defenders of supremacy.
Good old boys disguised as police
Once as bullies of their school to the hoods
And they militarize those schools and streets,
Except for wall street...
These damn police don't stop rape and murder,
And certainly don't stop corruption.
All they know how to do is shove the bullet,
Stop a person driving black,
Punish those who are fighting back.
There has always been a police state
Living in the present policed
Replicating the racist policies & projects. 
Who structured the projects?
Who continues to acquit police after killing?
Who structured the levees and let them break?
Who sat back and let those people drown?
Who continues to put a fine and fee on lives?
Who benefits from this suffering? 
We shall take them suits down.

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