B.P.L.Y


They wanted you to stand up

They wanted you to speak

But instead you decided to ignore

And not rise up to your feet

 

They wanted you to prosper

They wanted you to soar

Yet you sit down complacently

And lead your sons behind those bars

 

To say you want a change

Yet decide not to change a thing

To say you want better

Yet still not change a thing

 

Blaming everyone for your problems

But not looking within

Waiting for things to be offered

And when you don’t get it you blame “them”

 

You will keep up with the Kardashians

But won’t keep up with your local news

You will let those in your neighborhood kill

But start a riot when it finally makes the national news

 

Valuing what doesn’t matter

Killing over a pair of shoes

Not truly valuing family

Children growing up too soon

 

They wanted us to prosper

They wanted us to see

They fought for us to have so many privileges

They died to make a future for you and me

 

Yet..

So many of us say voting doesn’t matter

So many of us say education doesn’t mean a thing

So many of us don’t value family

Yet so many speak of wanting a positive change

 

Our ancestors went through unimaginable things

So many even lost their lives

Yet some rather live like they are in episodes of “Love and Hip Hop”

Than to truly open their eyes

 

We are trying to impress each other

But that only keeps us down

We will spend thousands on designer clothes, hair, and shoes

But say education cost “too high”

 

We will criticize the ones who are trying to be better

And say they are acting “too good”

We gun down our own brothers and sisters

Yet never say anything to cops because to be a snitch is a disrespect to the hood

 

We create a separation between us

We ostracize others because of the tone of their black skin

We say it is cute to be a thug

And a big booty girl is what females should aim to be

 

And the ones who speak up

Who says WE should be more and do more than just BE

Are the ones so many dislike

They say “Being black is what you don’t know how to be”

 

They wanted you to stand up

They wanted you to speak

But instead you decided to ignore

And not rise up to your feet

 

They wanted you to prosper

They wanted you to soar

Yet you sit down complacently

And lead your sons behind those bars

 

It is people like you

Who crush the dreams of our youth

And allow them to fall behind

 

It is people like you

Who hold us back

And make the world think we feel entitled

 

People like you

Who had opportunities but threw them away each time

People like you who lead our youth to jail cells

Instead of cultivating their minds

 

People like you applaud the big booty hoe

While disregarding the working college girl

People like you praise the thug in the hood

While telling the educated black male he no longer belongs

 

It is Black People Like You

Who disappoint our ancestors and make all of their efforts be in vain…

Black People Like You

When will you finally change…..