“Mad Libs: Black Death Edition” (2016) is a piece by slam poet Charlotte Abotsi. Police killings of Blacks in the US seem to follow a strange script, so much so that I was thinking of doing a post along these lines, but she beat me to it:
Mad Libs: Black Death Edition:
Fill in the blanks for the police report:
At approximately TIME, on DATE Officer PROPER NOUN of the PROPER NOUN Police Department VERB and killed PROPER NOUN, an unarmed Black NOUN.
Officer PROPER NOUN stated self defence, said he was frightened. Fear overtook him and he thought he saw a NOUN or a NOUN or a NOUN.
Fill in the blanks for this news article:
Breaking: PROPER NOUN, prosecutor, announces the officers involved in the fatal VERB of PROPER NOUN have not been indicted.
The unarmed Black NOUN was no angel. PROPER NOUN laid dead as the gravel refused to eat the body. This is the NUMBER civilian killing this year.
After the hearing, #JusticeForPROPERNOUN began to trend.
Fill in the blanks for this Facebook status:
I cannot believe this EXPLETIVE. Once again a brave officer defended himself against a RACIAL SLUR and these RACIAL SLURs are acting like animals, like thugs.
PROPER NOUN was a beautiful town until they started to demolish it.
Their own communities chanting “COLOUR lives matter.” No, INCLUSIVE ADJECTIVE lives matter. Why won’t they focus on COLOUR on COLOUR crime?
Fill in the blanks for this Black mother’s prayer:
God, you took my BABY. You made a hashtag of that name. They feared my BABY. Why?
Source: Mic.com (2016).
- YouTube: Charlotte Abotsi – “Mad Libs: Black Death Edition”
- referenced tropes:
- The extremely incomplete list of unarmed Blacks killed by police
- Why do whites hate, demonize, fear and look down on blacks?