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Alicia Keys Pens Touching Poem To Her Son
Alicia Keys has written a poem for her youngest son, Genesis, that honors him and highlights what she hopes for his future as the death of George Floyd, who died after a police officer pressed his knee into his neck, continues to create conversations around race relations in the U.S.
"My beautiful baby boy / So curious and pure /Yet SO clear about what you don’t want ," she wrote. " I hope that inner strength and fire/ Never extinguishes/ And you never feel the sway to fit in/ Or be silenced."
The "Underdog" singer ended the poem, posted on Instagram on Wednesday, June 3, with #Blacklivesmatter and guided her followers to a resource link on how to stay involved.
Data shows Black Americans are two-and-a-half times more likely than white people to be shot and killed by police. Keys' poem touches on a strong sentiment that many parents raising Black children may relate to.
Clint Smith writes about the experience Black parents face for the Atlantic. "Our children have raised the stakes of this fight, while also shifting the calculus of how we move within it. It is one thing to be concerned for my own well-being, to navigate the country as a black man and to encounter its risks," he writes. "It is another thing to be raising two black children and to consider both the dangers for yourself and the dangers that lie ahead for them."