“Kids Who Die” (1938) is a poem written by Langston Hughes – long before Michael Brown, even before Emmett Till.
In 2015, Frank Chi and Terrance Green shortened the poem a bit and created a video of it where actor Danny Glover speaks the words, set to images mostly from the past few years. The video is embedded above (and linked to below). If you get the references made by the images (see the links below) and understand that the words were written 77 years ago, it is utterly heartbreaking.
Here are the words of the poem (the words in italics were left out of the video):
This is for the kids who die,
Black and white,
For kids will die certainly.
The old and rich will live on awhile,
Eating blood and gold,
Letting kids die.
Kids will die in the swamps of Mississippi
Kids will die…
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