It’s from a place of arrogance that a republic willingly embraces ignorance among it citizens and expects to thrive. It’s from that same place of arrogance that those citizens bestow leadership on and blindly follow those who peddle ignorance for their own personal gain and expects to survive.
You never saw me. Oh you saw the color of my skin but you never saw me.
How could you?
When I walked in the store you were too busy following me around.
When I sat down at my desk you were too busy wondering how did I get into this school.
When I moved into my office you were too busy thinking I was just another affirmative action hire.
When I moved into my home you were too busy wondering if the property value would go down.
But what you didn’t see is while you were too busy to see me I was too busy to see you either.
Not because of the color of your skin.
That was of no Importance to me,
Because I know you have the system rigged against me
I was too busy studying and working twice as hard as you.
I was too busy finishing in the top 10% of my high school class.
I was too busy deciding what university was worthy of me accepting their full academic scholarship.
I was too busy graduating from that university summa cum laude.
I was too busy upon graduation shifting through my countless job offers
I was too busy purchasing my home because that full academic scholarship I got meant I didn’t have all that student debt you did.
So since you can’t see me let me tell you who I am.
I’m that person who will never fake who I am just to make you feel comfortable,
who has no desire to prove my worth to you,
who will never apologize for the hue of my skin.
So, you keep busy looking at my beautiful bronze skin
get with the times and see me for who I am.
Either way I’m going to keep soaring.
Our lives have always mattered
Our voices can never be silenced
Our beauty is undeniable
Our intellect is unsurpassed
From our land mankind was born
From Kings and Queens we descended
Our freedom you did take
Our minds always have been free
Our hearts always have been free
Our souls always have been free
And because you could not capture them
We have soared
Our contributions undeniable, too numerous to dismiss
Our history is not just our history
Our history is American history
Like the giant oak tree we are rooted in the very fabric of this country
Without us it would not exist
As James Brown exclaimed
Say it loud
We are BLACK and we are PROUD!
There is only darkness in hate but in love there is light.