And were often surprised when they didn't like it
Refusing to work or openly rose up
Who wouldn't want to be forcibly enslaved?
My great-great-grandfathers saw yours freed
Chains got shucked off
Slavery a thing of the past
And were surprised when that didn't seem to placate
An offer of a ride back to the continent that must be your home
Forty acres, a mule and the technical right to vote
None of that seemed to cut it
Is simply not being a piece of property just not enough?
My father and grandfathers put forth the Civil Rights Act
No more back of the bus
Separate drinking fountains
Burning crosses or mob lynching
But then we were all surprised when those promises
They rang a little bit hollow
Leaving at best a thin Band Aid veneer of civility
That kept peeling at the corners
Revealing an ugly wound that just wouldn't heal
Could it be that you all want life, liberty, and justice too?
Now myself and my children are at a loss as to what to do
We've declared racism to be dead
Another fabled thing of the past
Peace in our time
Sure, accomplishing that might take some work
So we'll write some words
Before playing on our Xbox and getting junk food to go
I saw it on CNN and FOX in simple graphic solutions
But I'm still shocked and surprised when the anger boils over
How can saying the words not make it so?