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POETRY CORNER
 
Published Friday, February 14, 2020
by Lamont Lilly, Special To The Tribune

In Baltimore

 By Lamont Lilly

in baltimore 

if you’re black 

they’ll just 

sprinkle some crack on you 

and call it a day

 call it legal 

call it justice 

and call an arrest

and then 

when they’re taking 

your black ass in 

to the county jail 

they’ll call the media 

call the press

call the newspapers 

so they can 

call you crazy 

call you guilty 

and call you ghetto

 what they won’t do 

is call you a minor 

call your parents

call the community 

so we can call you innocent 

and call for your 

release

 nah 

the police won’t do that 

 in baltimore 

if you’re black 

they’ll just 

sprinkle some crack on you 

and call it a day

a full day’s pay

and tomorrow? 

on to somebody else’s child

and they’ll be calling it 

good police work

 

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