Malala was shot in the face.
Assata was nearly beaten to death in prison even as she carried her child.
Berta Caceras was murdered.
Sandra Bland died in police custody.
Erica Garner’s heart failed under the strain
Why do they only care when our bodies are forfeit
When our blood becomes the ink in their headlines
When we are martyred to show they can shed tears and feign humanity
Choose to leave them thirsty
Starve their hunger for Black destruction
Your very existence defeats them.
Your life is a testament to everything they desire but cannot possess
~ Gaian Bird