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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  • It is a very strong, honest, and emotional poem. Her poem outlines how people are angry at evil conditions and at cops. Anger at oppression never exists out of nowhere. Black communities are readily occupied by the police. Many of our people face horrendous mistreatment and exploitation. We are fighters and we will fight evil no matter what. She talking about a beating heart was very moving. She was magnificent.

    Bless Sister Aja Monet

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  • Lelani

    Beatifiul and real life first person account of what a chance encounter with a person who does not have your best interest at heart, but believe they were given license to reign over others. My advice for anyone who thinks it’s their place to teach respect is make sure you have some. A truly respectful person would not have berated a child, or anyone like that. Also those entrusted wth enforcing the law should make themselves knowledgeable of the law. There is nothing lawful about a police officer teaching a child or any private citizen respect.