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'I can't breathe': young Twitter poet gives new voice to Eric Garner

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  • Jason Fotso’s poem, Last Words, is a response to the no indictment decision
  • The Duke University freshman has also written about Ferguson

The last words of Eric Garner, the 43-year-old man who died after being placed in an chokehold by New York police officers in Staten Island in July, have found a new audience on social media, thanks to a teenage poet from Minnesota.

Jason Fotso, 17, from Maple Grove near Minneapolis and now a freshman at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, constructed a poem, Last Words, out of the letters that make up the words said by Garner as he struggled with police in an arrest that was filmed by a passerby.

I – I – I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe. I can’t be.

You see me.
You see thug.
You see sin.

A poem I wrote about Eric Garner, written solely with rearranged letters from the entirety of his last words. pic.twitter.com/LLhHVCPPlv

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