A lawyer from Jackson, Mississippi developed the hashtag that titles this poetry visual in 2014. #iftheygunnedmedown calls for the eradication of respectability politics within the media’s representation of police brutality victims. This poem is Nicole Shanté’s contribution to the viral movement.
Nicole hates wearing shoes, loves pancakes with crispy edges, and is still trying to figure out when a handshake is more appropriate than a hug. Instead of fulfilling her kindergarten dream of being the voice-over for read-a-long cassette tapes, she is using her BA in Poetry to excel as a full-time poet & teaching artist. Nicole currently resides on the east coast, where she enjoys eating dollar pizza and watching people fall asleep on the subway. She is a staff writer for Sula Collective. You can learn more about her on her website.