Don’t be mad, don’t take to the streets, even if the system can feel like a cheat
Don’t cry or yell just because this world basically tells you
“Go to hell!”
We mourn, we weep and we fear in our sleep
Like they were men in white sheets,
Instead of all blue and badged, nice and neat
We could say fuck the police or down with the pigs,
But we’ve been saying that since the time when our parents were saying “Ya dig?”
True, we won’t be hanged from trees and by the grace of God we’re legally and technically free
No longer three fifths of a person by law, we should be able to stand proud and tall
“Change we can believe in,” that’s what they said after all…
Legal, fair and just, that’s what they said applied to us
No more unjust, disgust or unwarranted distrust
These were the words, the hopes and the dreams,
but as we grow older, we wonder what does it all mean?
Blind to race and color, they claim
Judge only by character, for we’re all the same
these words appealing on paper, they may be
but, how can they be true when one man walks free
while the other, unarmed and all,
Gunned down like an animal
No Fair Trial, in accordance with law
Whether it be skittles and tea, whistling at the corner store
or surrendering hands , not resisting please!
Are we really who we say we are?
All men created equal, our immortal declaration.
Were these words meant for every member of this great nation?
I don’t know, if only I could ask Trayvon or maybe Michael Brown
All I know is with every broken declaration, my heart is more cast down