15 Jun

Festival honors Frank McQueen

first_imgWW photo: Joseph PietteA year ago on June 2, Frank McQueen was shot and killed by Chester, Pa., police. Since then, McQueen’s mother, Del Matthews, has been seeking justice and trying to get answers on why cops killed her son.Matthews organized a June 6 community festival dedicated to McQueen’s memory and to raise money for his children’s college fund.A highlight was when McQueen’s sister, Genita Beckham, read the poem “America’s Problem: Black Man” from “My Way of Saying Thank You,” one of McQueen’s three published books, revealing the talent lost when cops killed her brother:You created the genocide we now witness,plus the modern-day slaveryof drugs and jail cellsminus reparations, education, and rehabilitation.And this is supposed to be equal?America the beautiful?Where’s the beauty in sweeping problems under the rug?“Outta sight, outta mind,” is for the ignorant.But I know, oh I know it still exists.So because I don’t close my eyesI am another one of America’s problems!Because I don’t shut my mouthI am another one of America’s problems!Because I was born BlackI am another one of America’s problems!Well then,I accept my fate.America, you got a problemand I refuse to go away easily!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more