The American Delusion
(A poem of resistance and remembrance)
The American dream is an illusion
Land of opportunity?
a Trumped up delusion
A legacy of terror we still refuse to see
Land of the free?
Home of the slave and the lynching tree.
Founded on the supremacy of the Anglo race
America manifested a destiny of privilege and disgrace
But this is not our promised land
It was holy native ground stolen by the white man
Until America repents from our original sin
we're doomed to repeat it again and again
Like Cain, we have skeletons we're not able to hide
Like the old deceiver Jacob, we've stolen and lied
We deny that America’s first domestic terrorists were white
who held onto power as a divine birthright
“Give us your tired, huddled masses longing to be free”
and watch the life get choked out
Eric Garner still can't breathe
If protest is the language of the unheard
then "Black Lives Matter" is the spoken word
Don't you know silence is consent?
Democracy doesn't work without dissent
So speak up for the victims of state sponsored genocide
and the Sandra Blands who didn't have to die
Say her damn name!
But instead we just pass the blame
portraying injustice as a victimless crime
letting Zimmerman roam free
while Marissa serves time
I guess justice is dumb and mute
as well as blind
“Hands up, don't shoot!”
Dead bodies on the street still not proof?
How long will justice delay? For Trayvon, Laquan, Tamir, and Freddie Gray
Politicians pandering, it’s all white noise
Whatcha gonna do to end the deaths of black boys?
Talk is cheap
don't believe your own chatter
You say, “justice for all”
but you can't even say “black lives matter!”
"No Justice, No Peace.
No Justice. No Peace."
You'd say the same if it was your child's blood on the streets
"16 shots and a cover up"
Rahm the gig's up
What’s the matter, cops got your tongue?
Just cause McCarthy's gone doesn't mean the people won
Power concedes nothing without a fight
We maybe tired but we aren’t in no ways done
The rich are getting richer
the poor are getting prison
The New Jim Crow
is an even crueler rendition
Alexander said the War on Drugs was a War on blacks
That's what happens when you only police one side of the tracks
So I know why the caged birds sing
Cause the bell of freedom fails to ring
Maybe the dream died alongside Dr.King
When the levees break
we see who gets the tax breaks
we got to get our facts straight
Fact is, there's cracks in the country's foundation
we’re no “land of liberty,” we’re a prison nation
Bono said “America is an idea”
but ideas can destroy, kill, and steal
We need a new deal
Where we see anti-blackness deconstructed cause white supremacy is a weapon of mass destruction
Whites so charged with vitriol they can't think straight Just shows, you can remove the flag from the state
but it's much harder to remove the hate
But we don't want prophets we want parrots
We got more sticks than we got carrots
We aren’t the United States
we’re the divided states
Once separated by law
now separated by choice
Once denied the right to vote
now silencing the prophetic voice
What would Jesus say about segregation in his congregation?
Maybe Jeremiah was right
God can’t bless this damn-nation.
When will we raise the valleys and
bring down the mountains?
When will communities like Flint no longer drink from colored fountains?
When will we stop pretending all is well
And see “the whole damn system is guilty as hell”?
When will justice roll down like waters
and “justice for all” include all America’s sons and daughters?