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Taye Diggs expressed anguish and sorrow with a poem about police killing black men posted to Instagram.

The poem is told from the viewpoint of a little boy who comes into a room and finds his parents watching a news report about a man who was shot by police.

The little boy doesn’t understand why this would happen and the poem ends with the boy questioning if he will die too.

Im finished brushing my teeth
I’m coming down the stairs
I’m ready for my bedtime story
Does anybody care

I’m standing in my P. J.s
My bunny slippers on
But Ma and Pa are watching tv
I think something’s wrong

Why is mommy crying Pa
She’s pointing at the screen
It’s like she knows them people
People I never seen

And why does daddy look so mad
Mommy do you know
He keeps on rubbing the side of his head
And walking to and fro

What is this tv show

And now I start to feel real weird
My insides getting heavy
I yell at mommy one more time
Daddy Are you forgetting

Mama slowly turns to me
Her face fighting the tear
She cut the tv off right quick
She kneels and pulls me near
Why is daddy leaving the room
Why did he slam the door
Mommy searches for her words
In the matted carpeted floor

Honey something very bad happened
We didn’t want you to see
But we just saw a man get shot
Right on our colored tv

Why would someone shoot that man
You both said guns were not good
Did the man steal or rob someone
Was he not doing what he should

Then I feel my mama’s anger
The straight stiff of her back
No she hissed through her teeth
Police shot him cuz he was black

I tilt my head with question
As Daddy enters still blue
But my skins dark just like the Man’s
Does that mean I’ll die too?

Ma and pa stare at each other
Blank scared looks on the front of their heads
Neither of them could say a word
As I imagine myself……. Dead.

Im finished brushing my teeth I'm coming down the stairs I'm ready for my bedtime story Does anybody care —————————————— I'm standing in my P. J.s My bunny slippers on But Ma and Pa are watching tv I think something's wrong ——————————————- Why is mommy crying Pa She's pointing at the screen It's like she knows them people People I never seen ——————————————– And why does daddy look so mad Mommy do you know He keeps on rubbing the side of his head And walking to and fro ——————————————- What is this tv show —————————————– And now I start to feel real weird My insides getting heavy I yell at mommy one more time Daddy Are you forgetting —————————————- Mama slowly turns to me Her face fighting the tear She cut the tv off right quick She kneels and pulls me near —————————————- Why is daddy leaving the room Why did he slam the door Mommy searches for her words In the matted carpeted floor —————————————- Honey something very bad happened We didn't want you to see But we just saw a man get shot Right on our colored tv ————————————- Why would someone shoot that man You both said guns were not good Did the man steal or rob someone Was he not doing what he should ————————————— Then I feel my mama's anger The straight stiff of her back No she hissed through her teeth Police shot him cuz he was black —————————————- I tilt my head with question As Daddy enters still blue But my skins dark just like the Man's Does that mean I'll die too? —————————————– Ma and pa stare at each other Blank scared looks on the front of their heads Neither of them could say a word As I imagine myself……. Dead.

A photo posted by Taye Diggs (@tayediggsinsta) on

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