"Fighting For My Brother"
Our Legislative system is corrupt and racist
Teenagers are having their lives stolen from them
Without further investigation.
Unexpected crimes; prison term LIFE
Whites serve six months
Blacks are sacrificed.
No more standing up; I find that funny
Poor, over charged and laughed at;
Look, look at the dummy.
I used to sit in the shadows till things hit home,
My brother was 18; release date 2025
20 years to serve alone.
No one took the time to invest in his past
Young and dumb; the usual age for mistakes
Unfortunately this will be his last.
Father became incarcerated at his age of 7
Mother placed him on Ritalin
Then abandoned him at 11.
Drugs used to control him; now his father’s released
So stressed in a unhappy home
Forced out on the streets.
Attacked so bad became hospitalized
Terrified of this gang
Now carrying a weapon at his side.
Soon to be a father but became rejected
Hurt but found love elsewhere
Promised to protect it.
Walking with his girl, cousin and friend
Was taken advantage of by older guys
Five grown men.
Think, think ,think, what will you do
He attempts to walk away
But they charged so he shoots.
Shoot blank bullets into the air than ran
Before he knew it he was tazed
By Mr. non-investigating policeman.
Mr. Policeman broke his wrist due to fear
Both was sent to the hospital
While the news leered.
They lied about my brother saying a drug deal gone bad
The usual saying for blacks if you listen
My brother is sad.
Now in the Justice Center with no defense
Public pretender didn’t tell him of the time he faced
Our family knew of no judgment.
The day we went to court we were all surprised
Take the 20 years or he’ll serve 44
Tears took over our eyes.
Not familiar with our Judicial System we took the plea
44 years we knew he wouldn’t make
Let alone trying to serve 20.
A first time offender whom made the mistake of his life
Sign the petition, help to free him
ARE YOU WILLING TO FIGHT!
All children eventually age look into their eyes
REMEMBER, this can be YOUR teenage son or daughter;
Convicted and stolen life.
Written by Diane Simmons