June Jordan was a New York City-based writer, teacher, and civil rights activist whose novel, His Own Where, was a finalist for the National Book Award. “Letter to the Local Police” appears in her 1980 anthology, Passion, and is a satire on suburbia, racial prejudice, and the role of law enforcement. Jordan’s poem raises questions about tolerance and intolerance within communities, the responsibilities of the police, and the relationship between outsiders and insiders.
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Originally published in Passion (1980)
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