"Self-destruction" is a piece that was written to bring awareness and hopefully a solution to the violence going on with Chicago youth. Ironically, the only solution to this self-destructing culture is to self-destruct ourselves in a way that is sacrificial for the greater good.
Poets are Kai Davis (left) and Safiya Washington of the Philadelphia Youth Poetry Movement perform during last year’s Brave New Voices semi-finals. The term “hipster racism” was coined by Carmen Van Kerckhove at Racialicious and refers to using racist language “ironically”.
"My classmates and I were all unintentionally killing ourselves at 13 Targets, guzzling down a soda while walking past wheelchair amputees and crack addicts because we weren't aware of our own bodies collapsing after the sweet euphoric sting leapt from our tongue."