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Updated: Oct 28, 2022

Even before the incident

Of Emmett Till

To whenever the national anthem

Has someone kneel

We’ve been given the shadow of doubt

Or the fodder, or the heel

All of us being compared

To those who lie, kill, and steal

A reminder that

We shouldn’t be immediately rendered

As a slave, murderer, robber,

Or a registered sex offender

The trial of Bill Cosby

Shouldn’t affect what people think of me

Or whatever someone thinks

When a black man is what they see

Our race was always stuck in a hole

Without the shovel

For some reason

We weren’t on any other human’s level

The bondage and the slavery

Were correct and right deeds ??

Cause when they thumped their bible

And read their John 3:16’s ??

They never thought we were human

At the thought, they would bark

Why offend us so

When their SAVIOR is dark

And when it ended

We thanked God and Lincoln

We prayed about the right things

That others should be thinkin’

The hatred was still there

It was all still apparent

No one wanted to be near us

No one wanted to start sharing

The land that we fought

And sacrificed blood for

The land where the monarchy

And tyranny were no more

The states were united

But humans were divided

Cuz of an incorrect point

Where they didn’t feel the need to enlighten

Me. No one understood

It was all arbitrary

All things that people said

We acted the “contrary”

Entered the movement

Where we exited the shell

Standing high without fear

Like we never even fell

We had boycotts

Against segregation

Slowly turning some opinions

Around in the nation

Rosa Parks igniting sparks

Sitting on the bus

Not moving at the requests

Causing some of the fuss

Breaking down the barriers

Destroying all the walls

The proverbial glass ceiling

Would be broken once and for all

And even though some of ours were killed

By people who didn’t see

That black people like me

Are more than what you want us to be

It was too late

The revolution had begun

Not to claim supremacy

And not just for fun

But to take a stand

That we are on equal ground

No longer the slaves on chains

Controlled and pushed around

No more whip hits

That would open you up

Salt to heal

And cover the cut

No more chains

To dangle my feet

While watching my family

Get sold and beat

Or killed even

It was slave season

We were in the wrong

Without any reason

Thought as animals

In human form

Something odd and

Out of the norm

Something out of the rhythm

Something out of the funk

Something God made while

He may have been drunk

Cause we are a mistake

And you want us to be a mystery

Even though it is too late

We are already in history

And we have moved past the time

Where Jim Crow ruled

Making African-Americans

Seem like abstract fools

And although it’s correct

Some of us like to entertain

But never to the point

Where MLK’s efforts were just in vain

And now as I breathe

I sniff in a less prejudicial air

But I still know for sure

That the racism’s everywhere

We are praised for music

Black excellence and black power

And are now able to live

Knowing it’s not our final hour

Some rights are corrected

Along with some people, too

And it just goes to show

The changes the world can go through

Still have miles to complete

Maybe we always will

We have to keep up the fight

The battle is still uphill

No one can wish us out if it

Our lives are no mystery

Black culture is to be remembered

And so is black history

No one will wish of us out if it

Our lives will never be mystery

Black culture is to be celebrated

And so is black history

Black culture is amazing

Cuz the memories are no mystery

Black culture is amazing

And so is black history


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