Snuff Film


And here we are again, another snuff movie rolled out
for the baying crowd. A young woman in Minnesota
screams get off him, phone shaking in sweaty palm,
the only weapon she has, while a white police officer,
hands casually set in his pockets like he was walking the beat
or going for ice cream, places his knee on the neck
of a black man he’s known and loathed for 17 years.

In a kitchen in Oklahoma, a mother sits down with her child,
and holding back tears she tells her eight year old son
that when the police come, (and they will come)
he should do what they say and keep his hands in the air.
Although she’s not sure that will be enough to stop it
(but she can’t tell him that, not yet).

And I sit at my desk, an ocean and a colour apart
With my pen and the empty white page and the tapes
that prove everything you’ve said is true. I see the news,
that is turning this rage into a culture war about blackface
and Fawlty Towers and whether or not we should throw statues
of slavers into the sea, and I want to burn it all down too.


Jem Henderson

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One Response to Snuff Film

    1. And a young boy, 13, is shot down with his hands up, days after you publish this. Surely we must ask ourselves, are these killings designed to fuel the divisions within our society so we never get beyond the fight with each other long enough to look up and see what is really going on? To actually witness the perpetrators implementing ‘ENDGAME’ to create a world where we are all utter slaves, no matter what colour we are…

      First they came for the Communists
      And I did not speak out
      Because I was not a Communist

      Then they came for the Socialists
      And I did not speak out
      Because I was not a Socialist

      Then they came for the trade unionists
      And I did not speak out
      Because I was not a trade unionist

      Then they came for the Jews
      And I did not speak out
      Because I was not a Jew

      Then they came for me
      And there was no one left
      To speak out for me

      “You” Is Not The New “Royal We”

      Comment by Rachel Wild on 16 April, 2021 at 10:10 am

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