As the world celebrates progress and change,
Somewhere far away,
A Black girl is being called outside her name.
A Black boy learns that 'nigga' is his other name
And in your backyard,
A Black man is executed on the platform of a train.
As the world studies
They neglect the terror in our own country.
Nothing can match the pain I feel
When I see a minority wearing the uniform of
Their options were to die here in the States
Or die overseas.
Wear helmets to protect those wearing hoods.
I know they mean to do good,
But while the
The security on our homeland
Terrorize the people they swore to protect.
Uppity Blacks can reject the idea that racism still exists if they wish,
They can seal their eyes with EOE if they please,
But notice that history always repeats itself,
And we are in a country waist-deep in deceit, hate, and lies.
A place where whistles and wallets,
Blue shields and lack of Blue-Cross Blue Shield
Cause the life span of the average man to decline.
Tears wipe away my smile.
As the world studies Obama's blackberry addiction,
I saw varied shades of brown tear down their town
I'm wondering if the world would hear their pain
If instead of
As the world studies the coming of January 19th,
Do we have your permission to steal our peace back?
Is it okay to let vengeance ring
And war cries sing
Over shells tinkling
Echoing through streets and public transportation systems?
Should we celebrate your birthday this year
When bullets shower our neighborhoods like confetti.
It's hard to partake of cake when forced to defecate
Splinters from nightsticks.
How can freedom ring without justice for Sean Bell,
While they grant Oscar's executioner
A vacation from work.
Aggressive cops get sensitivity classes and a pardon.
Pardon us, Martin.
We've forgotten what it means to reject the norm
We've misplaced the words of wisdom for our girls and boys
Because VH1 and MTV don't teach reality.
Textbooks in the South have just been changed to mention slavery.
You had it better than we do
Because at least racism in your time was blatant.
Today it gets brushed away
As just ignorance and coincidence,
Mistaken identities and itchy trigger-finger tendencies.
Shoot first because of fear.
If you’re scared to die,
You’re in the wrong field.
How can they serve and protect a community
If they don’t know the value of life?
Thank you for showing us the path to peace
But I don’t see it happening anytime soon.
I can see you sobbing in your tomb
‘Cause we’ve buried our history
Like pirated doubloons
And lost the map to ourselves.
We need another civil rights leader like you
Who wouldn’t turn an issue away
Because there wasn’t enough money to pay
Al or Jesse for the guest appearance they’d make.
As the world studies,
The first President of African decent
As the world studies a change to be proud of,
A symbol of growth,
We know that in your dreams you saw it first.
We celebrate your life,
The life you gave.
We should not simply give you praise
On this one cold January day.
In your honor,
We have to be the change we wish to see,
Not just celebrate you and what we've become.
We have to force strength and greatness into our community
'Cause you preached unity.
As we celebrate what you've done to change history.
I wish to see the spirit of love, peace, growth, and positivity
Finally rest itself into the heart of this country.
As the world celebrates your birth,
We all know,
We still have a long way to go.
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