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Saturday, May 30, 2020

When the looting starts

When the looting starts

the shooting starts. Thank you! The President ends his tweet just after midnight. Pop, pop, pop, .. piercing the morning sky tinged with shades of gray.

blindfolded Justice
holding her scales and sword
in the square
the banner, #BlackLivesMatter
stained with mud and blood

Alone on the edge of the square, an old man yells out, A riot is the language of the unheard. He begins to chant, Black Lives Matter ... In the corner of my mind, his husky voice mingles with that of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: And what is it that America has failed to hear?

NeverEnding Story, May 30 2020

Note: In 1967,Miami police Chief Walter Headley used the phrase "when the looting starts, the shooting starts" during hearings about crime in the Florida city, invoking angry reactions from civil rights leaders, , according to a news report at the time. "He had a long history of bigotry against the black community," said professor Clarence Lusane of Howard University.

-- The History Behind 'When The Looting Starts, The Shooting Starts,' NPR Politics, May 29

Added: written in response to Donald Trump's "vicious dogs" and "ominous weapons" tweet

gathering dark
White House encircled by chanting,
black lives matter ...