What a wonderful world

It’s a wonder to comprehend how we’ve allowed those that aren’t us to determine our lives

Like how old white men can pass legislation to determine if a woman can carry a life

Or how they can determine the matter of black lives

Or brown lives

Or red lives

Or how Americans can determine if middle easterners need freedom

Only to bomb them without reason

Or how we can so easily detain young Mexican children and no one batts an eye

Tell me what is the value of a human life?

If it isn’t born yet, or it isn’t white

There is limited value in human lives

So many of the people that look like me have lost their lives,

Refugees seeking asylum risk theirs trying to cross imaginary borders

Figuratively and physically they face uncertainty Here in this nation

The very nation where “all men are created equal”

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This nation where only white men are created equal

There is no equality for those who hold melanin in their skin

And if you need evidence?!

Why don’t you check out the Declaration of Independence

Or the emancipation proclamation?

Or the 13th amendment?

Don’t you remember manifest destiny

Or the horrors of Jim Crow

You’re so patriotic about Pearl Harbor

You ain’t see the terror they did to Japanese-American folk?

We all remember 9/11, how many Muslims got their turbans ripped off?

Don’t forget black lives matter and how they changed the rhetoric

What about pride

What about last night?

When another young black man was murdered by the cops

37 shots to his head, back, chest, face

Blood splattered all over the spot

Unarmed and just trying to get home

Harassed for some arbitrary reason

We saw it in the internment camps they just put those Japanese in

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Just this morning

We saw a Mexican baby separated from his mother in a detention center they’re putting refugees in

This ain’t just America though

We see this shit across the globe

Naw this isn’t just America

In Africa they’re dying in droves

From Sudan to South Africa

They rape our mother land

Everywhere you look

They’re killing our planet

Giving us false hope

Telling us that freedom is a privilege

But what they didn’t tell you

Was that was

Designated only to those who’s skin lacks melanin

Wake up my brethren, oh what a wonderful world

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