So Far, Yet Not

Fri, 03/22/2013 - 17:46 -- auzzle

Free at last, free at last!
Thank God almighty, we are free at last!
That’s what I want to say
But it’s not the truth
I mean the whole truth
Civil Rights
More than Dr. King
Rosa Parks
Malcolm X
African Americans fighting for their rights
Those inalienable rights
So desired
Freedom Riders
Risking safety
Knowing Alabama residents sit in waiting
Who are you?
Know you’re place
You WON’T achieve
Your ARE nothing
You’re just the HELP
They stood up though
Stood for their rights
And the world stood with them
Not only for African Americans
Every oppressed group in the world
No longer would one group determine another’s fate
Who am I?
A modern day student
A young African American woman
Educated
Charismatic
But not all know this reality
If our heroes were alive
Would they be proud?
Or would they be disappointed?
To come so far
Unified as a people
But slowly and gradually
The gap widening
Society placing expectations upon us
To be gangsters
Drug dealers
Video Vixens
Leeches
That is not what Civil Rights fought for
That is not who we are
Change the pace
Make a change
So when we shout
Free at last, free at last!
Thank God almighty, we are free at last!
It’s reality

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