MHP   |  December 08, 2013

‘Did you see the bodies? They are everywhere’

National poetry champion Amber Rose Johnson delivers the Footnote this week. “The news reminds me that bodies like mine are beaten,” she said.

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>>> the first person to present at this week's gender sexuality and hip-hop conference in new orleans was amber rose johnson . she's a junior at tufts university . she's a sixth grade teacher, a community organizer , and poetry champion. as soon as i heard her engage in a lyrical critique of the american news media and our incomplete biased, and often inhumane treatment of marginal communities, i knew amber rose had to come to nerdland. so it's my pleasure to pass the mic to miss amber rose johnson .

>> did you see the news? did you see the bodies? our bodies. they were displayed all over the news. my body, our bodies were bloodied all over the news. did you see the bodies? they were marked and mocked and dressed up and knocked down. they were raped and stolen and beaten and beaten and blackened and blue. this isn't new. the black and blue , the marked flesh, the cut-out tongue. the news reminds me that bodies like mine are beaten. the news reminds me that bodies like mine are marked and the bodies are everywhere. hunted. some of them made it to your timeline. some of them made it to your news hour, but the news doesn't capture everything. did you see the bodies? they're everywhere. they're dancing in sweat-filled basements. they're making love in houses and apartments and black seats and brown on black and browned bodies. they're changing shapes to fit the need. they're working hard. they're making music. they are fighting to survive. they didn't make it to your news hour, but they made it to the bus stop. they made it to church on sunday. they made it to work and they made it through the day. and someone should have put that on the news. do you see the bodies? they're laughing like endangered hyenas. they're creating moments to escape the hunt. they're keeping each other safe. the bodies are dead and dying and managing to live. they are resisting and resisting and resisting, and that resistance is too terrifying for the news to watch.

>> somebody should have put that on the news, and i'm glad that we did. we put that on the news. amber rose johnson , thank you so much. that's our show for today. thank you to you at home for watching. we'll see you next saturday at 10:00 a.m . eastern. we've got lots of good stuff