Amari Cawthorne: “Missing Sisters”

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What happened to my sisters?
What is happening to my sisters?
Where is Amber and her Alerts when black women need her?

Our Skin is infused with Gold and is innocently seductive.
Entitlement flows through the blood of the hands that grab a hold of us.
There is no news coverage;
No one but black twitter to tell us we are being hunted and abducted.

I would say black is an endangered species but like Chris Rock said
“Endangered species are protected by the government.”

64,000 families with an empty bed at night.
64,000 families missing sisters, cousins, mothers, and wives.
64,000 is a number that gets larger and larger as the nights pass us by.
64,000 is a number that was already too high.
64,000 bodies at the wrong place at the wrong time
and taken away within seconds from their lives.

What bothers me the most is knowing that there would never be
64,000 missing women that were white.

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