Where were you when all this madness first began?
On the front lines? The sidelines? Or were you cheering in the stands?
The first time you heard someone you knew was gunned down in the streets, were you screaming Black Lives Matter then.... Or Thank God it wasn't me?
When did it become about "me" more than "we" in a world where were all being hung from the exact same tree?
When did we become judge and jury on who and what others could be? Shooting shots in the dark, just hoping to hit anyone doing better than me.
Where were you when our city first erupted in anger and rage?
Where were you before all the cameras came and provided you a stage?
Were you on the front lines then trying to enlighten and save, or were you too busy, on IG chasing likes off the popular page?
Where were you when our kids became disengaged to the resentment of death before coming of age? Did you care to take time to change their young minds, or show them a better path than that of violence and crime?
Were you out educating them then? Were you out motivating them then? Sacrificing and investing your heart and soul into them then?
Where were you when our small businesses began to fail?
Or when they started starving our schools and putting our babies in jail, parents spending college tuition and savings on bail.
Entire generation's future being impaled and derailed as we war with each other while evil prevails.
From where does this jealousy and resentment come? If we continue hating one another can this war ever be won? Can we learn to disagree without pulling the trigger of a gun, or will we continue down this self-destructive path as we kill ourselves one by one?
So I ask u again from the depths of my soul, Where are you?
What are you doing to make sure we turn this tide?
What are you doing to help end this cycle of self-hate and Genocide?
What are you doing to feed the hungry and educate the deprived?
What are you doing to give our youth a chance to live their lives free of the weight of the chains still holding our people behind?
Are you willing to Fight for it? Are you willing to die for it? When it all goes down, will you lay your life on the line for it?
Years from now, will you still be down to speak up for it? Or will you have moved to the next popular cause when it gets cool to stand up for it?