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400 Years a slave
Plus this 12 I’ve been in here
This Black man’s genes is
Captivity and Oppression
In my neighborhood
The Police uses tactics of
To quash our dreams of

And seeing the world…

They circle the block
Cop after cop
Shift after shift
As if,
They were protecting the world
From us…
If we step outside of
The boundaries
We get asked
“Where are you going?”
“None of your business,” leads to
Us getting the ‘business’
We get brutalized by
‘Blue’ guys
Who we pay to protect
Our lives
Their agenda is to
Turn us into offenders…

“What’s in your pocket?”
All of a sudden ‘he’ telling his partner
“Cuff ‘em.”
“What I do?”
Smile … “These drugs are yours!”
If we resist
They empty the clip!
How profound is this…?

R.I.P. George Floyd

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Kory “Hussain” McClary

Kory “Hussain” McClary is a contributing writer from Atlantic City, New Jersey. He especially likes writing short story fiction because it helps him to escape the reality of a cell. He enjoys listening to music, reading, writing, working out, and is a fan of the Philadelphia Eagles. He loves his family and can't wait to be home. Kory is serving a 130-year sentence for murder at New Jersey State Prison in Trenton, N.J. His writings can also be found at his personal blog