Sep. 26, 2017

Whose Anthem? Surely You Jest That Song Never Passed Any Blackman's Test

Anthem Written For Who?

The song, that song, it's not our song
It hasn't ever been our song, that song
The song, that song, it's not our song
Written when we all were shackled
Not you want us to sing it while being tackled
Will those invisible bars ever be unshackled
The song, that song, it's not our song
Written by a man who hated
Never thought a thought that didn’t have black people berated
His hatred of blacks was so clearly stated
The song, that song, it's not our song
So whether or not we stay standing or seated
That song still signifies us being mistreated
I guess that's why so many of us stay seated
So tell me again you are denying that blacks are still being mistreated
The song, that song, it's not our song
You, not I call it our national anthem
You see when it was chosen I was nowhere around
Other than being lynched by you on our side of town
So you want us all to stand yet you sell bigotry in our black community
When your police officers count our dead bodies by the pound
So tell me again why should act patriotic
When you continue to maim and kill us like a crazed psychotic
The song, that song, it's not our song
It hasn't ever been our song, that song
The song, that song, it's not our song
You try to burn the love of nation from our ancestors
Put us on stakes for white crowds to see killing us while you celebrated jubilantly
So it’s time for that song, your song, not mine for to me it celebrates way too many crimes
You see at the end of the day there is no way
That Francis Scott Key ever intended that song to be sung by people like me

The Black Blogger, Joseph S. Hall