Muted Black and Brown in Blue 


We are not deaf; nor are we blind

We know that there will still be crime

But if those who claim to serve and protect

Would rather treat Black people with disrespect

They should not be in our neighborhood

Since they mean us harm rather than good

It truly is a sin, an awful shame

Cause they give good police a very bad name

Yes, there are good police, that’s what I said

So, I don’t want to see just the ones who want me dead

How come their number is so much bigger

The ones who see me as just another N–

Where are the ones who know this is wrong

Why have they chosen to be silent so long

Black or brown with badges, know you’re just as hated

Jus’ cause you wear blue, don’t make you related

My daddy wore the badge so I know how you are treated

Are you really okay with such hate-filled deeds repeated

You wear the uniform so you are part of the mix

Don’t be part of the problem. Be part of the fix.



By RuNett Nia Ebo ©6/2020








RuNett Nia Ebo, Poet of Purpose has been writing poetry since age 10. The creative’s work has been published in various magazines and books including Chicken Soup for the African American Soul. Ebo has also self-published several books, chapbooks, and lectures throughout the U.S. She is the creator of POET-IFY: Poetry to Edify, a family-friendly poetry venue where poets, spoken word artists, musicians, and singers flock to share their God-given talents on the open mic.