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Why...?

Updated: Jun 15, 2020


while i have more than i need

George Floyd couldn’t breathe 

held down by a knee 

for an alleged misdeed

we heard him plead 

with his face in the street

his life ‘bout to leave

he cried for his mama

Why do we do like that?

Black Americans dying 

of Covid 19

more than others 

during this quarantine

dying of inequities

in a world of disparities

sight unseen

it’s our national stigmata

Why do we do like that?

there’s more names, more lives

people treated with fear and lies

911 for sleeping, running or playing

killed for what someone else has been saying

what price do they need to be paying

to live fully until they’re old and graying

the risk of living while black without trauma

even when an act is minor 

Why do we do like that?

the constitution counted them 3/4

and even after freedom

many were martyr’d

their lives remain distorted

through the lens of America’s 

white sons and daughters

supported by the good ol’ boys 

of law and order

Why do we do like that?

CHORUS:

Why do we do like that?

Why do we do like that?

Act like it's so matter of fact

No blame, no shame

Why do we do like that?

with hardship and burden

some rise while others worsen

perseverance in the face of injustice 

some with defiance, others coercion

creativity uninterrupted

that taught us all and touched us 

but even though and how hard they tried

their collective lives are like a hostage drama

Why do we do like that?

we have reached another crossroads

and what we do now

can’t be a temporary fix

that calms the masses for awhile

this nation won’t be worth 

the paper we use for flushing

if the truth of racism doesn’t emerge

so we can get to reconstructing

Why can’t we be like this?

CHORUS:

Why do we do like that?

Why do we do like that?

Act like it's so matter of fact

No blame, no shame

Why do we do like that?

REPEAT:

while i have more than i need

George Floyd couldn’t breathe 

held down by a knee 

for an alleged misdeed

we heard him plead 

with his face in the street

his life about to leave

he cried for his mama

Why do we do like that?

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