FURY AND LITTLE BOY NAMED KYLE

by Darryl L. Fortson, MD

How do you channel fury?

Do you push it through a straw?

Do you picket up and down the streets?

Do you go to defy the law?

Do you cuss your neighbor out and call him vicious, ugly names?

Do you sit on your porch quietly when he turns and does the same?

Do you go and storm the Capitol and take arms against your nation?

Do you light up rags and bottles filled with liquid conflagration?

Do you get passive aggressive?

Endure the aching in your head?

Do you just turn off the TV and take your black ass to bed?

Do you query God for answers?

Do you dare to ask him “why?”

Do you sob or fume or curse or spit or vex or yell or cry?

Is there any real good answer?

Does any one exist?

Is there relief to be found this day when you find yourself this pissed?

You just feel it and deal with it.

You realize it stinks.

But after you’ve calmed down a bit you do this thing…you think.

You think about your history.

How, sent from distant shores, so many folk have gone through this mess so many times before.

The anger and frustration, the injustice and the rage; from the slave ship to the cottonfield,

from the jailhouse to the cage.

You think about all we’ve gone through,

but then you realize,

the way to go is standing right before your very eyes.

The way to go is forward.

The way to go is pray.

The way to go is gratitude for God’s blessings every day.

We can’t ignore the struggle and we can’t ever quit.

And no folks will know how fed up we’ve become with all this sh-t.

But injustice hurts the unjust most on the day “Thy kingdom comes.”

And those who don’t believe that have to be both deaf and dumb.

What should we do? Don’t riot!

It’s not the righteousness of God.

Well should we pray?

Yes! Tryit! That’s the way we’ve carried on.

Go out, speak truth to power!

Tell everyone you know!

Tell everyone what’s wrong with “wrong” — that’s the only way they’ll grow.

Don’t give up hope, don’t quit to hate.

Don’t let your nerve desert you.

Don’t stop, don’t fake, don’t hesitate, though the devil’s trying to hurt you.

Love your God and love your neighbor;

love your enemy, love yourself.

Jesus Christ is Lord forever!

And forget everything else.

Fight the power, fight the feeling.

Above, angels are fighting too.

Let us pray for one another, as I’m praying now for you.”

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Darryl L. Fortson, M.D. is the Executive Director of AASRT, Inc. - a 501(c)3 organization - that collects, monitors, and disburses American slave Reparations.

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Darryl Fortson

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Darryl L. Fortson, M.D. is the Executive Director of AASRT, Inc. - a 501(c)3 organization - that collects, monitors, and disburses American slave Reparations.

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