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Police Taking a Knee: a Great Moment in American History

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Los Angeles officers take a knee during George Floyd protest | AFP Los Angeles police officers take a knee in solidarity with protesters who are demonstrating following the killing of African American George Floyd who died after ...
Los Angeles officers take a knee during George Floyd protest | AFP Los Angeles police officers take a knee in solidarity with protesters who are demonstrating following the killing of African American George Floyd who died after ...
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I watched those cops kneel as the protesters passed,
And thought fitting their homage, blue shirts all massed,
Their anger as well things had gone just too far,
And high time it was to raise the police bar
On when, whom and how they could shoot, squeeze or whack,
Without exception if the suspect was black.
.
But I see their knee-taking is making knees jerk,
And making the minds of philosophers work,
And see the collapse of our dear country as whole,
A true paradise for critic, pundit and troll.
It's Bastille, Boston Tea, and Trotsky rolled up,
If not by the media completely made up.
.
Another line of thought has police in wimp mode,
Their kneeling just part of a submissive code
That acknowledges masters who don't give a schlock
About Euro-culture or lib'ral democ',
But want to switch Mozart for Snoop Dogg's greatest hits,
And blow Lincoln and Adams to li'l tiny bits.
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But I doubt that any of those rev'rent cops
Thought in those terms when their knees hit blacktops,
Or of their role in the decline of white man,
Or getting sucked into some mean racial plan,
But rather that they like the folks who protest,
Believe they should aid those people oppressed.
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T'was a great moment in American hist',
When police took a knee to agree with those pissed,
A sign that they too want a better contract
Between rulers and ruled, on laws and on tact,
So don't look to them to explain U.S. decline,
But to those rich monkeys who sip the best wine.

 

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