Black Spoken Word Poet Says Eric Garner Isn’t A Race Issue

While there’s no denying that young black men are much more likely to be killed by a police officer than a white guy of the same age, spoken word poet Suli Breaks refuses to see the deaths of Mike Brown and Eric Garner as a simple issue of race. Judging by nationwide protests and anger over the non-indictment of the two officers who killed these men, many would disagree. But Suli says this is more than a fight for racial equality. It’s a fight for the protection of our civil liberties in the face of widespread police brutality against all people, whatever their color.

“In the eyes of this system, we are all black,” Suli says. “And when I say RIP I don’t just mean Rest In Peace. I mean Rewind It Please, so we can Remain In Peace.” Do you agree? Let us know in the comments.

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