Kids Who Die, by Langston Hughes

We need these words. We need empathy. We need vigils. We need speeches and poems and singers of songs. We need an end to apathy.

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This is for the kids who die,
Black and white,
For kids will die certainly.
The old and rich will live on awhile,
As always,
Eating blood and gold,
Letting kids die.

Kids will die in the swamps of Mississippi
Organizing sharecroppers
Kids will die in the streets of Chicago
Organizing workers
Kids will die in the orange groves of California
Telling others to get together
Whites and Filipinos,
Negroes and Mexicans,
All kinds of kids will die
Who don’t believe in lies, and bribes, and contentment
And a lousy peace.

Of course, the wise and the learned
Who pen editorials in the papers,
And the gentlemen with Dr. in front of their names
White and black,
Who make surveys and write books
Will live on weaving words to smother the kids who die,
And the sleazy courts,
And the bribe-reaching police,
And the blood-loving generals,
And the money-loving preachers

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Hope Fatigue: Thoughts on Ferguson

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“After a night of rioting in Ferguson following the announcement of the Grand Jury decision, I’ve seen a lot of anger and sadness.  I’m angry and sad too.  But there’s something else I’ve seen, and I’ve seen it following every disheartening piece of news about America and the world for a while, that I feel needs to be fought.  I’ve seen a lot of what I’m calling ‘hope fatigue.’

People who write that they don’t know what to do, only they feel like we’ll never move forward in this country.  Friends who write that they feel like giving up.”

My friend Stephanie wrote the text quoted above in this post.

It’s a response to Ferguson.

Well, maybe more than Ferguson. It’s a response to  what we’re all feeling. And I think it’s simply beautiful. Well, maybe more than beautiful. It’s something that we all need to hear. Please give it a read, and consider posting it when you see people commenting about how lost they feel, about how alone they are, about how they are forgotten.

…people like to pretend change doesn’t take lifetimes.  It does, and it always has.

READ: Hope Fatigue