911


Do you feel safe now

that a brown man was snuffed out in your driveway

face down

squashed like a bug?


He made your eyes sore


Obviously he doesn’t belong here

too close to my white picket fence

he could stumble over it

smash it

what then?


The dogs don’t like him either

barking

barking

and my whiteness so translucent

even though we have a double lock

video cam

and alarm system

I know he can see right through me-


Do something!

He can’t exist next to me, our purity, our property, our legacy

doesn’t include him!


Look, he’s talking to himself

I’m so scared looking out my window

I can’t change the channel

He’s so big and brown


Do something!


911! 911!


a brown man is too close to my home

he’s scaring my wife

her whiteness is threatened she could be

getting darker, he’s so close

too close


Do something!

This is Alameda.

These types don’t exist here

can’t exist here

that’s why we moved here

where we can see

only ourselves-

that’s what we pay for

that’s why we’re here


It’s alright honey

all white

they took care of him-

look, no blood

we can back up our minivan

over the spot he was murdered

like it never happened

like nothing

ever


happened.




Copyright 2021 Alison Hart


To support family of Mario Gonzalez who was murdered by Alameda Police on April 19, 2021 go to:


https://www.gofundme.com/f/justice-mario-gonzalez-family?utm_campaign=p_cp_url&utm_medium=os&utm_source=customer