It's hard being black and I'm disgusted by this fact
But times are changing and now they're highlighting that
Before other ethnicities weren't standing with us darkies
The term People of Colour got coined and now the contrast sparks the
discussion. They're not hushing, they're not hiding and they're realising
That there's systemic issues crushing,
Innocent people held back for something
That they can't change and it's really, fucking insane
Because when all is said and done, that silence is to blame.
So while a mixed race man became US President
Melanin still got us slain and yet they claim they're innocent.
And then suddenly, it's like there was a focus on our plight
Suddenly the media cared and put it in the spotlight.
But I'm black man, just trying to live
But I can't be too vocal and I have to forgive
There's a limit to what I can highlight
Without alienating myself, how the fuck is that right?
I might identify but gotta button my lip
Because I can't be that blackie with my shoulder chipped
And when you try and explain that it's not about supremacy
Those eyes still stare like I'm the public enemy
Like I don't have the right to fight for equality
Because to be accepted means acting properly
Play your role, stay silent. Just don't say shit!
And be the life of the party, that's what being black is.
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