America, will you be my valentine?

Photo credit: Patrick Chang

 

America, will you be my valentine?

Since it's Black history month

And my heart is heavy

 

Stars are white

Stripes are red and blue

America, whatever happened to....

 

Amadou Diallo

Unarmed black man

Who bore too much resemblance to

Another (scary) black man

 

Stars are white

Stripes are red and blue

America, whatever happened to....

 

Yvette Smith

Unarmed black woman

Who mistakenly called the police

For help but instead got shot

 

Stars are white

Stripes are red and blue

America, whatever happened to....

 

Malcolm X

I know Black Muslim men killed him

But America, sometimes I wonder

If you hired them

 

America, will you be my valentine?

I know it's Black History Month but

 

Can Brown lives matter, too?

Should I wait for Islamic American heritage month?

Is that coming soon?

 

Because, America, America

My heart beats

Whatever happened to...

 

Deah Shaddy Barakat,

Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salahar

Razan Mohammad Abu-Salahar

 

Chapel Hill students killed in their home

Because of a parking spot

No, because they were Muslim

But somehow still not a hate crime

 

America, I know this may be taboo

To share this valentine with you

But I thought you might be touched that I thought of you

 

and we're suffering from heart failure

 

And we used to be in love

with

Dreams, equality, freedom of speech

and at least want for justice

 

But...

 

And I thought....

 

Stars white

stripes red and blue

Went well with love and remembering

And sacrifice

 

America, America?

Or should i just..

It's too uncomfortable

 

Don't worry,

Black history month and Valentine's day are almost over

 

Stars are white

Stripes are red and blue

Sales on chocolates at a local chain near you 

To those victimized by American hate and racism during the month of February, In Memoriam.

 

by Vicky Munyoz 

by Fallujah.