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Black to black

Black on black crime 
Then the blacks jump the whites for killing their kind 
Right after they shot their own cousin 
for a pair of shoes to wear to the club one time 
to impress a gold digger he's gonna bone one time 
then never call again 
We should stop committing suicide 
When a tragedy strikes we all cry out 
I am trayvon Martin 
But the funny thing is Trayvon didn't have a gun that killed someone or shot up a car or a block where a little girl rode her bike 
We need to be tray everyday 
Not when tragedy strikes and it goes global 
Just to say they're killing our kind 
And being let off 
We say we take pride in being black 
So why are we killing our grandmothers children 
Riding in a hearse 
When it should be planes and rocket ships 
Taking us to the mother land 
Enslaved by the man again
When materialism became the most important thing 
It's a war on the streets 
And the media can only see that it's black and black
Get them off the street 
They don't see the problem 
They're not handing out solutions 
Only tissues and life sentencing's 
We cry and complain that we're not meant to survive 
It's a set up 
But nobody wants to step and stop doing the unnecessary BECAUSE their "pride" is too strong 
That's so wild 
Please sing a different song 
Nobody is meant to survive we don't live forever
Everybody must die today tomorrow forever 
Stop living in the past 
If it's a revolving door 
Take the window 
It's a way out
Oh I thought you had your own mind?
Then why are you selling drugs? 
Because society tells the story of a black man and how it's the only way to stack your cake up, get your weight up 
Just to end up in the local lock up 
Or on the coroners table and your mother and brothers, sisters no father father cause you followed his footsteps 
Have to come identify you 
Suicide by you but sometimes by the hands of someone else 
If you knew better you'd do better 
Do we have anybody to look up to
Any heroes 
The police are becoming just as bad  
So add them to the no hero  list 
Where do we learn such behavior 
When is it NOT going to be cool anymore to shoot up the neighbors next door 
For the new play station 4 and 50 dollars laying on the table 
Where does it stop 
Why won't it end 
Why won't we take the window 
Instead of this never ending spinning door 
Who will break the mold 
Who will make the new code 

Copyright © Raven Sneed


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  1. Date: 3/20/2015 6:04:00 PM

    Raven, Congratulations on your awesome win........ Luv ~LINDA~
  1. Date: 3/19/2015 6:13:00 PM

    Congratulations Raven on your 3rd place win! Verlena