Tension is mounting as a Ferguson grand jury decides whether or not it will indict Officer Darren Wilson for killing unarmed teen Michael Brown in August. Within this context, Ferguson MC and activist Tef Poe has a new song called “War Cry (Gov. Jay Nixon Diss).”
In a lengthy blog post, Poe–who recently joined Michael Brown’s parents on a trip to Geneva where they testified before the United Nations Committee Against Torture–explains:
Our backs have been forced into a corner and we are currently trapped in the belly of one of the most immoral situations this country has birthed. Darren Wilson is a killer yet we are rounded up and treated like cattle for demanding his arrest. Vonderitt Meyers and Kim King are both dead and the police refuse to give us answers. The Ball family still has not received a moment a of clarity and honesty concerning the death of their lost family member. The police in Saint Louis, Missouri have decided to declare war upon people of color. Gov. Jay Nixon alongside many other elected officials has decided to close his eyes to these atrocities. He has shielded and aided Michael Browns killer from prosecution. He has cosigned our community being brutally attacked by an uncontrollable force of wild cowboys. Jay Nixon is blatantly standing on the wrong side of history with zero regard for the pain we currently feel as a community. He is not our friend. He is not our comrade. He is not our Governor. Jay Nixon does not work for us. He works for those that use institutionalized racism to kill us.
We cry for justice and they tear gas us in return. This situation has turned into a political game of cat and mouse and we are the mice. We believe in nonviolent protests. We advocate strongly for nonviolent protests. Our mission statement is nonviolent protests. We say this while we know for a fact that every police precinct in the metropolitan area is preparing to partner with the National Guard and attack us as if we are not tax paying citizens. We have witnessed your cruelty once before. We know you will not stop until there are no more bullets for you to shoot. We pray for peace but we are prepared defend our families. We are prepared to protect our children. We say this while we also realize you are currently preparing your militia to shoot us down in the streets of our very own communities as if we are stray dogs. My heart is heavy simply because I feel helpless.
“War Cry” isn’t the most SFW song in the world (after all, it is a war cry). And if the term “cracka” upsets you, don’t listen. But if you want to hear a visceral testimony from a city on the brink, this is the record for you.