Wednesday, October 28, 2015

an apology from Senior Deputy Ben Fields of the Richland County Sheriff's Department

To the unnamed black female high school student at Spring Valley High School who was violently assaulted by Deputy Ben Fields for refusing to get up and leave after being written up for not putting away her phone. Columbia, South Carolina. October 26, 2015.

Deputy Ben Fields of Richland County Sheriff's Dept. assaulting black female student at Spring Valley High School, Columbia, SC. Photo from AP.

i just want to say

Sitting at your desk
you wanted to use your phone
teacher said no
but you didn't listen

your parents didn't teach you right
so I taught you a lesson
about learning
while black

Forgive me
for teaching you the back flip
in math class
I should have dragged you down to the gym first

poem by rob g

This is a false apology poem in the style of William Carlos Williams.

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