Hey Ripley, Say It Ain’t So! 

© April 2021

Hey Ripley, who do we believe?

The man in blue or the man driving while black

In that big Cadillac?

Stopped for license tags, missing then found

Or air fresheners – dangling on a rearview mirror

That brought Daunte to quiver

When Kim confused a TAZ-ER, with a TRACE-R from a GLOCK

That ROCKED Wright’s life AND Philandro Castile’s –

for an IOTA infraction in Minne-SOTA

that lead to chain reactions and subtractions of black souls snuffed by police

MIS-actions – mere distractions in a world where some lives matter

and others don’t warrant the chatter.

Hey Rip, say it ain’t so, BUT Say it loud and clear

That a STOP in traffic

Ceases to be pornographic

As images once never SEEN, now DEMEAN our screens

with the pitter-patter of why black lives don’t matter

when Derek in Minne-SOTA takes

a knee that intervenes with the breath of life for

nine minutes & some 29 SECONDS that BECKONS – and even

shocks the men and women in blue.

Say it ain’t so Rip

Say it ain’t so Van Winkle

As you wriggle from a 1619 nap to a TODAY as brittle as it was back then.

Who are you going to believe Rip?

The men in blue or Breonna who in the middle of the night took a trip into the beyonna.

Say Rip – can you give me a tip – when in God’s name do Black Lives Matter?

Is it EVER or NEVER – what say you Rip?

Enquiring minds want to know in Minne-SOTA, Oklahoma, Dakota,

Manitoba, Maricopa, Saratoga, and all points beyond.

Don’t give up, Rip – please don’t give up… it’s 2021, not 1619

and if we can reach out to the other side from the inside

as to WHY Black Lives Matter,

you won’t be asked to “Say It Ain’t So” anymore.

William Natale is the author of the children’s book, Woolly Wurm; “1968 – A Story As Relevant Today As It Was Then (based on a true story about two white teens who wind up working in an all-black factory immediately following the assassination of Dr. MLK; and The Resurrection of Boraichee (a story described quirky and clever with a bit of reincarnation as a DOG serves as the narrator about a family suffering from the opioid epidemic).  All but the children’s book can be found on Amazon/KINDLE.  Adelaide Press of New York will release “BLISS: Forever Elusive & Unique” – Short Stories by William Natale on August 16, 2021. 




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William (Bill) Natale, is an Emmy-Award winning producer/director and executive member of the Directors Guild of America Midwest Council. He is the author of “1968 – A Story As Relevant Today As It Was Then,” and a children’s book, entitled “Woolly Wurm,” that was written specifically to help raise funds for The Infant Welfare Society of Chicago. Natale’s new book, “The Resurrection of Boraichee,” will debut this coming May 17, 2020 and be available in book stores as well as AMAZON & KINDLE. Natale has served as the Executive Director of the Illinois Center for Broadcasting/IL Media School, Chicago Campus; Executive Producer of Internet Streaming Corporation and Executive Producer of WATCH312.COM. Natale served for over 4 years as president of the board of directors for PanAmerica Performance Works Theater Company (formerly Latino Chicago Theater Company). He has served as a member of the board of directors for the Chicago chapter of the National Association of Television Arts & Sciences and as Chairman of the Broadcast Promotion & Marketing Executives Association. Natale serves as an advisor to the board of directors for the 501-c BIBO AWARDS FOUNDATION, (Beauty In & Beauty Out) that honors outstanding women for their community service in the Chicago, Las Vegas and Los Angeles metropolitan areas. He also serves on the board of directors for the 501-c SHINE ON CHICAGO organization that teaches inner-city children how to shoot, produce and edit video that can then be shared via social media and is currently president of the Board of Directors for the 501c, The Community Adult Day Care Center (CADC) in Downers Groves. Natale became aware of CADC via videos shot pro bono by his son Matthew. Some time later CADC proved to be a GODSEND for his sister, a care giver for his brother-in-law who suffers both cognitive and physical disabilities and now is served by the wonderful staff at CADC. Carissa and his grandson Grey live with him in Downers Grove where he has resided for the last 28 years. He has been blessed to have two other daughters, Gina and Renee and a son, Matthew - who passed away in 2017.