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Do Black Lives matter?
When too many brothers are confined for crimes
they never even committed.

Why is this?
When there are so many trapped in bondage
and taken away from the only thing we care about,
our family, that is.

This mass incarceration,
making billions off our Black asses
is another form of slavery.
Black Lives Matter.
It shouldn’t be about skin color.

Why do I have to protest?
As we try non-violence, you still beat us and kill us.
How should I be?
Like Malcom or Martin?
When you throw me in prison for the same crimes you commit,
the only difference is you get away with it.
And you have the nerve to say
this is justice.

How you protecting a community you’re destroying?
Who needs the police when they commit
more crimes than you and me.
Throwing all these brothers in prison,
leaving all these children and mothers abandoned.

Black Lives don’t matter in society or prison.
How can I be non-violent when I’m tired
of being degraded because of my skin
colors much darker.
The past and the present is nothing too pleasant.
Too many times they were allowed
to take away Black Lives.

Black people is Mass Incarceration
It doesn’t even matter if you’re innocent.
Black Lives stolen
Before they had a chance to live it.

Disclaimer: The views in this article are those of the author. Prison Journalism Project has verified the writer’s identity and basic facts such as the names of institutions mentioned.

Cedrick “CJ” Johnson is a writer incarcerated in California.