A Proportionate Response?


I have been arrested by cops because cops have seen something bad in me.

I didn’t cry although I was almost innocent.

I would certainly not cry if you were caught.

I am not you.

I am not even black.

It is wrong for me to share black injustice when

I am a white sympathizer with your arrest.

I am not you

And you are not me.

I have not earned the right to be in a protest line.

My job is to look for justice in a confusion of accusations.

It is more likely that the cop is innocent than the thug.

And if you burn down my non-existent store I should shoot you.

And if you beat up an innocent bystander I should step on your face.

If you think the world is unfair to you perhaps you are unfair to the world.

Revolution is a failure to fit in with the beauty of the world as it is.

A total of two thousand five hundred blacks hung in all the south.

Six million Jews burned in Germany.

Where is the proportion the protestors fail to show in Charlotte?

David Lawrence

David Lawrence has a Ph.D. in literature. He has published over 200 blogs, 600 poems, a memoir “The King of White-Collar Boxing,” several books of poems, including “Lane Changes.” Both can be purchased on Amazon.com. He was a professional boxer and a CEO. Last year he was listed in New York Magazine as the 41st reason to love New York.

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