How Many More Must Die? – Walter Wallace, Jr.
How Many More Must Die?
in your throat
to release like a
in harsh conditions
unable to escape
as doing so
would be unsafe
Your sounds, that
of pain and frustration
Your illness was
not a crime
The color of your skin
You died from
their hatred, power
and systemic racism,
Fear is their
Worn away from
They looked you in the eye
With fire power pointed
at your heart
Ordering you to drop
When you did not
you were not
wounded or restrained
You were murdered
What is one more?
Many, many more?
Enough, it is enough
They refuse to hear
We shout our protests
but to be heard
we have to become
like them …
… then they will listen
Copyright © 2020 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing
All Rights Reserved
Written in memory of Walter Wallace Jr.,
a young African American man suffering from Bipolar Disorder, who was killed by police in Philadelphia
on Monday, October 26, 2020.
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One more is one too many. It’s disgusting. I watched ‘Selma’ the other night and I was so depressed as it doesn’t look like we’ve made much progress.
It’s gone backwards Ingrid.
Powerful words, they resonate deeply …. will we ever learn?
Thank you Helen. I do appreciate it very much ☺️ I hope we will learn. Enough is enough already.😢
Its unfortunate this story keeps repeating over and over.
Yes Darnell. It’s like school shootings. They just never seem to stop. When is enough, enough?
More frightening than monsters
Yes it certainly is. Thanks for reading.
Police need Crisis Intervention Training…a CIT trained officer saved my dad’s life when he was suicidal during a bipolar crisis. I can’t help but think, if only Walter had dropped the knife.
Oh Lynn isn’t that the truth. If only … I’m so happy your dad was saved with the right help in place. Lisa commented here on this post about having a social worker go with the police in these type of calls. You have shown us that with properly trained police personnel in these situations, killings would be greatly reduced. Thank goodness your dad was a success story. 🙂💕
So so unjust and cruel.
So unnecessary. Poor man.
It seems like the entire world is out of control at the moment. Such appalling things are taking place that it feels as though police either aren’t interested in intervening or simply can’t.
Thanks for commenting Sanaa. It seems that it is both. Some officers are put into dangerous without the proper training and others are proving to be murderers.
Just now hearing about this. With tasers available there is no reason at all to shoot and especially shoot to kill 🙁 More training, and I think that whenever a domestic or mental health call comes in, a social worker needs to go with officers.
I agree Lisa. Sadly the officers did not have tasers. The family had also called for an ambulance first and somehow the police arrived there and everything went south. Yes more training for sure but I have no faith in it anymore. I do agree with you about the social worker. A brilliant idea my friend. In a normal year we would likely have had more school shootings but with mo school for so long thankfully that never happened. Sadly we are witnessing a sharp increase in police shootings of innocent black men and women. This affects me so deeply.
I fear without sweeping changes things will only get worse. Inequity, exploitation, and violence seem to permeate the fabric of our culture. 🙁
We are already seeing militias on the streets. It is insane.
I wonder if police are even trained to diffuse a situation properly… mentally sick patients have been shot a few times even in Sweden, and it seems to be something they cannot truly control.
I wonder that myself Bjorn. In the US they seem to shoot to kill regardless of the situation. It is totally out of control and something has to be done as it is unacceptable .
A truly brilliant piece Christine… and I’ve been listening to Amanda Palmer lately, maybe this song sums up your powerful poem….
Oh you’re so sweet Ivor. Thank you my friend ☺️