In the sixties when we assembled peacefully
Fighting to be treated equally
The powers that be
Acted with us deceitfully,
And the minority
Was killed and arrested, in attempt to be
Treated with decency.
Centuries after the Emancipation Proclamation
We had Brown vs the Board of Education
Was no longer constitutional in this nation
Have a century later
Why are minorities struggling with education
Yet thriving when it comes to incarceration?
Can somebody tell me what happened in between
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and year 2014
Martin Luther King
Foresaw his own killing
But the progression of the minority was unforeseen
Shadowed my poverty and crime scenes
As the Civil Rights movement careened,
In an ocean of lies
In the midst of a storm of injustices and inequalities
The ship is capsized,
The power of the people dies,
As they disguise
A new way to violate your rights
Right in front of our eyes
Capitalizing at the same time
While more and more people of color become institutionalized.
Because in the ghetto there is not equal protection clause,
When youth are racially profiled and detained and arrested without probable cause.
Hauling us into jail without pause.
There is no due process, just a bunch of minorities being booked and processed
Set up to end up behind penitentiary walls.
Victims to ineffective counsel to the system we befall
So as the incarceration rate rises and the gavel falls,
That it’s no coincidence
We were granted full rights as citizens
That Blacks and Hispanics
Make up the biggest difference
Of people locked up in jails and prisons.
The incarceration rate has increased 8 fold since
Of being kept in ignorance
And the inmate population reflects
Of an evil
That would rather see us enslaved
Then be treated as equal.
Even when unarmed
They see us as lethal.
If it was up to them
Being of color would be illegal.
Instead they found a way to keep my people
This is a reflection of a system without ethos.
Teaching lies from K-12
So by the time we find out the truth
We can careless to cause an upheaval.
Therefore continuing in a cycle that perpetuates
A false sense of identity
As we assimilate
Into a counterculture based
On ignorance and hate.
A stereotype the media portrays
The gullible, the ignorant and those that never graduate.
Therefore anything they see on the screen
As reality when that is not the case.
The education system backs percolates
The same lies through what they educate.
So as a minority being inferior begins to resonate
Teach a history that passively aggressively discriminates.
Romanticizing the brutal ways
Of how Europeans got a hold of a place,
Where Africans were exploited as slaves
And millions upon millions were displaced.
A genocide they efface
Masqueraded by holidays
With patriotism to save face.
Manifest destiny wasn’t God’s plan
But of angel thrown out of grace
That know we are all one race.
But through false dictum
The American people fall victim
To the schism.
Racism is the disease, stereotypes are the symptoms.
An epidemic that has cost so many their freedom.
The numbers speak for themselves
Just look at the criminal system.
Convicting minorities without skipping a beat
At a fast rhythm.
The sirens make up the melody
The music brings in the income.
As the caged bird sings
But only making a crumb.
To the humdrum
But it’s no conundrum
That from the slums
Is where these prisoners come
But like the Old Spiritual Negro
“We Shall Overcome.”