Mo Adejumo
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Mo Adejumo

Black Boy

Black Boy

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Mo Adejumo
·Apr 22, 2022·

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Who killed the black boy?
The wood pecker did
Who knows for what cause?
His skin was just too black
Such a thing as too black?
Don’t ask me
Ask the wood pecker

Oh black boy!
If only the sun
Could rest forever on
Your rugged skin
Perhaps you have hope for
glory
If only the air was fair
And you weren’t in the jungle
out here
Perhaps you innocent cub
Wouldn’t appear so beastly
But you are a Black Boy
Aren’t you?
It’s only safe
Till the sun is down
And the night is stalk black
Still you shine
Shine! shine! shine!
You shine so bright
You terrify the wood pecker
Oh Black Boy!
Perhaps now we know for
what cause

Who killed the black boy?
The wood pecker did
Who knows for what cause?
Don’t ask me
Ask the wood pecker
Don’t ask me
Ask Officer Darren Wilson

Narrative
On August 9, 2014, Michael Brown Jr., an 18-year-old African American boy,
was fatally shot unarmed by 28-year-old white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the city of Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis.
Brown was accompanied by his 22-year-old friend Dorian Johnson who accounted the awful incidence in an interview with the press as reported on Democracy Now!
According to Johnson Wilson had pulled them over by the sidewalk for no reason as they made it clear they were only few blocks away from their destination.
Johnson stated that Wilson initiated a confrontation by grabbing Brown by the neck through his car window, threatening him and then shooting at him.
At this point the two boys fled the scene i.e. Dorian and Brown and according to Dorian, Brown shouted that he keep running as already injured Brown followed behind him.
Dorian stated that Wilson then ensued in a short pursuit after which also charging at Brown shooting the teenager multiple times until he fell to the ground.
Wilson had fired a total of twelve bullets. It is still recalled today the hand gesture of Michael Brown; the raised hands showing a sign of surrender as the people try to keep his memory alive.
The settlement for the lawsuit still remains undisclosed.

Used words& terms
-‘wood pecker’: writer uses it to describe the white police officer, Darren Wilson, who shot and killed unarmed teenager, Michael brown

  • ‘jungle’: the world
 
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