Almighty, hear our prayer. Oh God, how we suffer. We your servants are ensnared in tragedy that doesn't end. We can do nothing to make our tormentors stop their evil. We cannot convince them that we are your children and don't deserve this punishment. We have tried everything we can to keep them from slaughtering us in the streets. They hide behind the state to justify killing us. They say we are scary, that they are afraid for their lives. They say this even when we have nothing in our hands but air. They say this even when they are armed with weapons meant to remove us from the face of the earth. They say this even when they must throw down guns to pretend that we intended to do them harm. They say this even when video proves they are lying through their teeth.
-- Michael Eric Dyson, Tears We Cannot Stop, p. 21