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Poet Aja Monet recently performed at the 2015 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational in Richmond, VA., and her poem about a life changing police incident is not only heartbreaking, but real life. 

In her poem, Monet recounts the time she witnessed a cop belittle her brother and the impact it had on her.

“He was mouthing off the tongue to my brother about how he ought to show him some respect, carrying on and whatnot as if my brother didn’t have a little sister watching who looked up to him,” Monet recited.

Monet’s poem isn’t anything different from what black people have experienced when they have encounters with police officers, but it’s crazy to hear how something that happened to her as a child, still rings true today.

“I saw how brown boys grow into themselves angry at the world that day,” Monet stated. “All those people out there fighting us, doing everything to remind us of our place and I couldn’t undo all the hate that builds watching the men you love cower.”

Check out her piece below:

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