Ferguson is the US-of-A

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Injustice in Ferguson happens everywhere
Hey, hey, what more can I say? Ferguson is the US-of-A

Mike Brown and his homie were walking down the street
Who would imagine what they’re gonna meet?
A white cop drives up, says Mike wannna fight
Shoots Mike in cold blood, ‘cause it’s his right
Hey, hey, what more can I say? Ferguson is the US-of-A

Four hours Mike lay there in the blazing sun
Cop says it’s a good shot; Mike went for his gun
But why 12 shots fired? Mike’s hands were in the air
He’s just another nigger, and the white cop doesn’t care
Hey, hey, what more can I say? Ferguson is the US-of-A

The whole world descends on the small Missouri town
What do they meet, these people -- white, black and brown?
Police armed for battle, with army’s latest gear
Should fighting for justice cause this much fear?
Hey, hey, what more can I say? Ferguson is the US-of-A

The grand jury meets for many a day
Said they looked at everything that came their way.
They let the white cop go without even a charge
Cause Mike’s a demon -- a predator at large
Hey, hey, what more can I say? Ferguson is the US-of-A

Mike Brown is one of so many blacks shot each year
No weapons in their pockets or drugs anywhere
White cops should see each citizen as people for whom to care
Cause injustice in Ferguson happens everywhere
Hey, hey, what more can I say? Ferguson is the US-of-A

© Copyright 2014 by Art McFarlane

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The 2014 police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, struck me as a racially-charged abuse of power by a white police officer against a black young man, Michael Brown. In the wee hours of the morning a few days after the killing, I woke up with the line, "Ferguson is the US-of-A" on my mind. So I wrote this poem to illustrate the point that Ferguson symbolizes police violence and summary executions across the USA.