You want to be respected but your actions require no such demonstration
Never a kind word for others and angered by the stereotypes YOU keep in circulation
Quick to throw an insult for the beatings you never took and the fights you never fought
Then you waddle around in your sagging pants wondering why you’re never given a second thought
Our people you disgrace with your ignorant rants and pointless tirades
While we push to change the unfair perceptions you open your mouth and add fuel to that blaze
You see an educated man or woman of our race and them you disparage
And for no better reason than they dress well and correctly speak the English language!
How dare you criticize a whole race when you hold down those of your own!
If you don’t want to be called “Nigga” then do not address our people with that stone
A weight so many have tried to lift and yet you embrace it while to it stipulations adding
Leave your ignorance; get an education, find your strength, and to your people respect bring
F. J. Thomas
I know this will anger some; but I am tired of watching our people hold each other
down while STILL giving place to a hate that affects many of their lives less than
they even realize, and then only because they allow it. If you do only what you
HAVE to do to get by then keep YOUR mouth shut.
If you flunked out of school simply because you were lazy and have yet to change
then keep YOUR mouth shut.
If YOU do nothing for your brother, and I’m not only speaking of those of your race,
why are you complaining about what a corporation isn't doing for you?
….KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT.
Want for yourself, want for those you love, DEMONSTRATE it, and then speak;
because THEN you will have learned, then you will SEE, then YOU can teach.