'You Can't Hear Me' A Spoken Word Short
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'You Can't Hear Me' A Spoken Word Short

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Premiering online today, check out the below spoken word short film titled “You Can’t Hear Me,” from director Christopher Folkens, starring Malcolm-Jamal Warner, David Bianchi and Chris Wood, which they summarize as “a socio political outcry about the state of America during the Trump administration, told entirely in spoken word poetry.”

And the nearly 6 minute short film – which is part of a spoken word series called “Spinema” created by Bianchi – unfolds exactly as described, featuring its 3 leads, initially restrained to the bricks they each sit on, speaking powerfully on matters that currently divide us (race, gender, sexual identity, class, religion and more), with the ultimate point being a fervent call for unity now more than ever.

Watch the piece below; underneath it you’ll find the full script to follow along.

And here’s the full script:

The Caged bird sings as deferred dreams swing like strange fruit on a humid summer night

While southern flags burn hostile contempt for anyone not Christian and white

The rotting stench of a Co-opted culture and unprotected youth

Where lies become the truth at the send of a tweet

And black bodies are up for grabs wherever fear and hate meet

The strong hate the weak

and I try not to hate the meek who turn a blind eye to the lives lost

at the cost of white supremacy cries

And as Godly as I try to be I realize

It’s so hard for my eyes to see the God in those who refuse to see The God in me

And yet I still try to search for God in those who chose misogyny and hate as tools

to make America Great

Who would rather scapegoat than face that instead of being pre-occupied with someone’s sexual preference and race

We need to stand tall and unite against the powers that be that are insidiously oppressing us all

My eyes open wide

I feel blind you can’t see me

I open my mouth and I scream

YOU CAN’T HEAR ME!

Fight for justice

Can’t trust this

My heart I stand bleeding

You cut out my tongue

And I swear

YOU CAN’T HEAR ME!

I’m angry, confused, emotionally ripped

Being black and Latino the polarization’s so split

While my black next kin being shot dead in the street

And my fellow Latinos fear deportation and we—

Feed into the fear that the media delivers

While my ancestors cry

And sons and daughters shiver

Will my family be torn apart by Americas new policy?

With their names spray painted on border walls in calligraphy?

Latinos are the backbone of American industry

In corporate America I feel the resentment habitually.

This perversion of hate — these American disgraces

The other day I saw my 5 and my 8 year trying to scrub the brown off their faces

The hate crimes, the symbols the bullying that their facing

Go back to your country we fucking hate you nigger-spick faces

And as a terrified father I have no consolation

To explain the anger that’s perpetuated in our nation

I try to do what’s right and stand tall so you can see me

But its gotten to the point I gotta scream cause you can’t hear me!

My eyes open wide

I feel blind you can’t see me

I open my mouth and I scream

YOU CAN’T HEAR ME!

Fight for justice

Can’t trust this

My heart I stand bleeding

You cut out my tongue

And I swear

YOU CAN’T HEAR ME!

They build more prisons just to house more children

Lock em up as juveniles indoctrinate em to the system

There was this 16 year old boy who was locked up

He never talked

But he wrote me a poem

About the locks on children trying to grow into gods

There’s a light out in the kitchen

His mother washes dishes in the dark

I got knots in my wings

He’s got walls in between

Himself and his family now

The news doesn’t bother now

They put blackface on children they’ve painted as thugs

They’re still building new prisons for profit

His pencil writes poetry that sounds like his dead brothers screams

They want to lock your mother’s sons

And your children’s fathers Away

And how many terabytes is the capacity of the hard drive that stores the body camera footage of a society of citizen soldiers sent to meet the quotas of privatized prisons whose customers are our children?

My eyes open wide

I feel blind you can’t see me

I open my mouth and I scream

YOU CAN’T HEAR ME!

Fight for justice

Can’t trust this

My heart I stand bleeding

You cut out my tongue

And I swear

YOU CAN’T HEAR ME!

My eyes are open wide

I’ll drop my pride so you can see me

I’m crying inside and I pray that you can hear me

Together we stand tall

Seeking true liberty

And real justice for all

I hear you

I see you

We’re all in pain

Will you hear me?

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