Racism is an American Virus

They’ll write about decolonizing as they gentrify every black and brown neighborhood.

They’ll say “black lives matter” but never when it actually matters.

They’ll talk virality and viruses but never point their microscopes at the virus of racism.

They’ll praise solidarity while looking away when the boot is on our face

or when the arm is around our neck

or when the man is following us as we try to leave,

gun at his hip.

I don’t want your grief

when you do nothing to stop the cause of it.