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An Ode to Toya Graham

Submitted by Tom Sorrell at 2015-04-29 23:05:59 EDT
Rating: 2.0 on 1 rating (3 reviews) (Review this item) (V)

It’s 2015 at the end of April.

The city of Baltimore is burning.

No, Omar is not fighting Marlo Stanfield.

This scene is all too real and it is wild.

Some cops did something awful to a black man.

They beat him down and broke his neck or something.

Well duh. Like we’ve never heard that one before.

Just one difference, though … these people right now?

They’re mad as hell and not gon’ take anymore.

Hey, sometimes you have to stand up for yourself,

but ... some people, to express their discontent

must believe it’s a good idea to destroy

the city they live in. Their home. Baltimore.

It’s tragic to see folks act like animals.

They don’t understand they’re part of the problem

and they refuse to listen to anyone.

It’s like those idiots up in Ohio

who found it funny to tear through Columbus

when their football team won the championship.

Flipping cars … setting fires … I mean, really?

Did Muhammed Ali flip a single car

after winning the Thrilla In Manila?

No. He acted like god damned champion.

Question: What the hell is wrong with you people?

and by “You People,” I mean all you people

who have to act like animals and assholes

any time the opportunity rises.

When I say you people I mean many things.

I mean all you people who like to destroy.

I mean all you people who think rape is fun.

I mean all you people who like to kill folks.

I mean all you people who hate all others.

I mean all you people who can’t see the light.

When I say “You people” I mean “You assholes.”

It’s not a race thing. It’s not a gender thing.

It’s a simple question: Are you an asshole?

Can you protest/celebrate in peace, or not?

Because if not, just set yourself on fire

like the monk of the cover of Rage Against

the Machine’s eponymous first album. We

would all be better off if you would do that.

So what’s it going to be, eh? Fire or Ice?

Because quite frankly, son, I don’t give a shit.

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Submitted by skrapmetal at 2015-05-02 13:13:18 EDT (#)

Apparently some of the gangs in Baltimore that traditionally have been at odds with one another instead came together during the riots to protect businesses from being burned and looted. It's great when those with differences can nonetheless work together to make the place a little safer in a time of strife. Restores your faith in humanity, a little. Until you hear the rest of the story.


Submitted by SilvrWolf at 2015-04-30 21:36:29 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

You seem a bit misanthropic of late. If this is about that flaming bag of shit I left on your driver's seat, I apologize. I didn't know it was going to burn quite that intensely. And if you didn't leave unmarked buckets of kerosene lying around, it wouldn't have spread to the house. Still, it's about 14% my fault, so I'm sorry.

Submitted by skrapmetal at 2015-04-30 00:43:11 EDT (#)

Putting an editorial commentary
on current events in
series of short fragmentary sent
enteces format does not
add validity,
JUSTICE - (solid water)
so you know... .

Ars gratia nihil, baby.

It takes two to lie. One to lie and one to listen.

-- Homer Simpson
Colonel Homer