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Cereal Box Flock

A poem by Frances Roberts inspired by place cards at the BLM protest in Bristol.

Artwork by Holly Evans (Instagram: @hollylawrensonevans_art)

You cannot enjoy the rhythm but ignore the blues

You cannot appreciate black culture but not black lives

I see you, I hear you, I stand with you, 

Well 2m apart

At an appropriate social distance 

But Stand for something or fall for anything

Boris Johnson Doesn’t care about Black people 

a racist cunt 

And trump has a tiny knob 

Wash your hands of racist bigotry you detty pigs

Rashan Charles

Mark Duggan

Classen Lewis

How many more more innocent black men will die at the hands of police?

How many names are there that weren’t filmed

Disappearing into the depths of a forgotten past

Never to be uttered 

Silence is violence 

Emptiness speaks 

Protesters in PPE 

Exhale heavy under a cotton cover

It’s harder to breathe

I can’t breathe 


Racism is a pandemic

BAME communities disproportionately dying from this virus, systemic 

If you’re not angry, you’re not listening 

You’re probably white 

Some have the authority to kill a minority!

And you chose to echo the status quo

The view of a blind majority

Colour is not a crime 

I see no changes, all I see is racist faces 


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