What Black People Say to Racist Republicans is a team piece performed by the poets of TEAM Englewood Community Academy High School Slam Poetry Team: seniors Keith Warfield, 18, Jeremy Johnson, 17, Myara Robinson, 17, and Melana Bass, 17. This was the fourth year in the competition for all four poets (Keith can also be heard performing here, Myara can also be heard performing here, Melana can be heard performing here, and all three can be heard performing together here).
This piece is presented as a response to recent comments by several Republican candidates involved in the current Presidential race.
The largest of its kind in the world, Louder Than A Bomb (LTAB) is Chicago’s rapidly-growing teen poetry festival, taking place February 18 - March 10, 2012, at various venues around Chicago. Aiming to bring teens together across racial, gang, and socio-economic lines, LTAB is a friendly competition that emphasizes self-expression and community via poetry, oral story-telling, and hip-hop spoken word.
Click here to hear all the other 2012 recordings, alongside nearly 200 Louder Than a Bomb Finalist pieces recorded by Chicago Public Media (WBEZ-Chicago) over the past eight years.