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Published on Mar 5, 2014
Dear Marissa is my apology to Marissa Alexander, a black woman who was sentenced in Florida to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot at her abusive husband. Her retrial starts in July, and she is now facing 60 years in prison. To donate to her legal defense fund, click this link http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/mar...
Dear Marrissa can you please forgive us For not hearing your cries or the cries of your sisters We ignored you for months after your verdict was delivered Your burden wasn't considered but your courage never withered Left deserted in a prison given 20 live years And a orange jumpsuit that's faded from dry tears A hard bed and a cell our innocence lies here A mother ripped from her children's the only crime that's clear Why were so quiet why were we so silent Why did we wash our hands of it why were we Pontius Pilate Why are we so slow to respond to domestic violence When women are abused we're always given an excuse But tell me what would you do if you felt you children were threatened And the man who beat you violated order of protection And you had access to a legal and licensed weapon And you feared for your life and the lives if your adolescents Dear Marrissa I'm sorry I feel responsible partly My voice was hardy a whisper how could we just forget ya Can you please forgive us for not hearing your cries or the cries of your sisters signed Mr. Jasiri X