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Pentecost: Prayers and Protest

Helicopters in the air

Triggering my fears What's next comes the rubber bullets Piercing my body like they pierced Jesus Crying out for momma to behold thy son I can't breathe They don't even need guns

Castrate our bodies from the lynching trees

Cut off my lungs 10 minutes with his knees Crying out for momma I can't breathe

Hands in his pockets with a grin on his face

Resentment for my race as my life slips away

Cameras recording America don't care Black Lives Don't Matter Even when our murders are broadcast on air

Evidence before the judge and no convictions to be seen

Yellow tapes, chalk stains on the crime scenes

Blood stains cry out from these Trumpanian streets

Profit over people We don't care if they die Fuck COVID-19 Let the fittest survive Translate that to mean wealthy and the 1%

They say they cut us them checks Black and Brown folks still can't pay rent In the Food Bank line trying to make ends meet

Trying to make it to work but the curfew ends at nine

Can't catch the bus because Lori shut down the lines

Martin says a riot is the language of the unheard

This Pentecost Holy Ghost fire came down and cities burned

Maybe this is the new birth of the Church we wish to see

To get us out of them pews and into the streets

A nightmare of hashtags trending haunting me

Kendrick Lamar won't you sing for me Hear that base drop and I start to believe We gonna be alright even if we must die Claude McKay said let it be nobly done Fighting back For the generations to come

Lamentations Lift every voice to a rising sun

James Weldon Johnson declared victory is won

Cut off my lungs 10 minutes with his knees Crying out for momma I can't breathe...


Audio: Click here to listen to Rev. Dr. Middleton's reading of Pentecost: Prayers and Protest.


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