Today, blacks are kneeling during national anthems, blocking highways, shutting down political rallies and retail shopping centers. And yes, occasionally we are even rioting. Why these methods? Because when you sing in a cage, often it's only the caged that hear your song. And we've sung in cages for so long. We have sung nicely, songs with lyrics asking for civilian oversight committees with substantial power to review police activities. Our caged lyrics have asked for justice — some sort of acknowledgment and retribution — when the innocent of our flock are killed. We have sung songs for years, pleading for some human to acknowledge the humanity in us.