A young black man in Oakland

Where people can mess up and go to jail

People don’t believe they can change

when you walking down the street

you gots to keep the heat because you

can get smoked walking down E14

if you looking right girls might try

to use you. and if you got money

they just gonna try to screw you

im from Oakland where police don’t give a

fuck about black kids. they will

rob, steal, and kill before they take them to jail.

these are the streets of Oakland

Where i am from.


CC BY-SA 4.0 Where I’m From by Mark is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.


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