Vernon Jordan III–Ferguson October


I’ve been thinking:
about images,
about mirrors,
about “pull your pants up”,
about “well, if we stop talking about it, it will go away”,
about President Obama’s birth certificate,
about how Beyonce can’t sing love to her husband, but Miley still gets to be
America’s sweetheart as she attempts to twerk;
I’ve been thinking about how when a brown-skinned girl says she wants to take
her body into her own hands, the world says, “No. You can’t have it.”
I’ve been thinking about how you’re treated like a Man at age 13, if you’re a Black
I’ve been thinking about the lies they’ve fed the world – and the new lie that says
racism is over,
that it’s our fault if shit goes down,
they’ll tell us we deserve it, like
the innumerable deaths of Black people a year is a dessert after a long day,
Whiskey down your throat,
or the title of Champion after a lifetime of rounds
And they’re all warm too:
boiling like the blood on the street,
like a body left for four hours,
like a vigilante’s rage for a “suspicious” teenager in Florida,
like the husband’s eyes on the kid who whistled…
They will tell us we deserve it.
Bloody Sunday every Sunday,
they’ll tell us we deserve it.
But White people, we’ve been here before,
We know you.
So this poem is for Black people, my people, for us –
to the people mobilizing in Ferguson,
in London,
in Palestine,
in Chicago,
in Hong Kong,
in New York,
in Philadelphia,
this is for us.
I’ve been thinking about revolution;
I’ve been thinking about turning their fantasy’s of Dr. King’s Dream into a
about flipping their “Thrift Shops” for real Hip Hop;
I’ve been thinking about tattooing “swag” & “turnup” on our Black Power fists
so the appropriation drops like their jaws in fear.
I’ve been thinking about how strong we are,
how ingenious,
how beautiful,
how dangerous we are when we name ourselves
and mobilize around that.
I’ve been thinking about a Ferguson October.


Vernon Jordan, III (King V, on the mic) is a Philly born ‘n raised Writer, Filmmaker, and Poet. He finds the supernatural, the technological, and otherwise speculative/magic stuff, as it relates to interior lives of Black people, to be dope. As an AfroFuturist, he believes Black artists play a vital role in shaping futures and recovering pasts. Vernon will be found in NYC very soon, sipping various Teas and writing scripts, as a Screenwriting MFA candidate at Brooklyn College.
Follow him on Twitter @Afrojediii.