Protesters hold a sign during a rally to take down the Confederate flag at the South Carolina Statehouse, Tuesday, June 23, 2015, in Columbia, S.C. For years, South Carolina lawmakers refused to revisit the Confederate flag on Statehouse grounds, saying the law that took it off the dome was a bipartisan compromise, and renewing the debate would unnecessarily expose divisive wounds. The shooting deaths of nine people at a black church in Charleston, S.C., have reignited calls for the Confederate flag flying on the grounds of the Statehouse in Columbia to come down. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
After the instructors showed us a list poem, and challenged us to write one about personal characteristics and life experiences, I had a ton of trouble writing this. But then Sandy showed us “I Am Not Your Negro”, a movie comparing James Baldwin to MLK and Malcolm X. Then I finished the poem easily, with Baldwin’s thoughts fresh in my mind.