Is being black in America a deficit or a denial?

So often young black men are being tried without a trial.

Whether being wrong or right, to some is not the question at all,

Rather an opportunity to make another person feel small.

We like to speak of prejudice as if it were something in our past,

But evidence abounds that it is not gone and seems that it will last.

Ask the families of Ahmed Aubrey or George Floyd if justice is fair,

They would be quick to say it is not and no one seems to care.

The problem is not with the majority but with the very few,

It only takes one ignorant act to change the world’s view.

One bad act of social injustice igniting a raging fire,

Yet it seems that fact is often like preaching to the choir.

A bad cop, a storming riot, hysteria ruling the day,

These things are not America and need to go away.

That which is outrageous draws the most attention,

We need to be on our knees, praying for this nation.


If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

II Chronicles 7:14