Jasiri X started writing the song right before hearing that police officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted (November 24, 2014) for killing unarmed 18 year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. (August 9, 2014). "Unarmed people of color are being killed wholesale by police officers across the country. Their deaths are being ruled as homicides, yet no one is being held accountable, " he stated. "It is my hope that this song will serve as a reminder of how severely broken the justice system is and that we need to take action now to make sure all people are treated equally and given justice. "
Prior to writing the song, Jasiri X was on the ground in Ferguson and was an active voice in supporting the non-violent protest marches and the national and global social justice movement that was ignited there. Sankofa.org also sent artists and activists to Missouri to assess, connect and identify indigenous leadership and find tactical solutions that will help bring true and lasting empowerment to the Ferguson community.