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We Get No Respect

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We Get No Respect



	Black people get no respect
And we never will get it,
	if we ain’t got it yet
The white man doesn’t truly consider us a threat,
we’re the best peace loving people
	he coulda ever met
Not one African nation has a nuclear weapon,
and that’s a good thing
But our land has all of the necessary materials,
every mineral ingredient needed to make an atomic bomb
Create mushroom clouds fifty shades of black
Guess we ain’t dumb enough to do that,
although we’ve been often portrayed
	as not being too smart
Conjuring up false narratives is a dark art
But let’s look at the historical truth;
put it out in the open, in plain view
Black people in America is a special clan:
We’ve lived here nearly 400 years, and never tried 
to overthrow the government of the white man
Sure, from time to time, a smattering of my people
used violence — which was wrong — as a means
	to fight against systemic racism
We only wanted to throw off the chains of oppression,
	be not treated as subhuman
After the white man unlocked the slavery chains,
black people became quiet, law-abiding citizens
A peaceful people who never took up arms
		against the American government
We proved ourselves as the best neighbors
		white people could ever hope to get
Yes, we were the most compassionate color
		white people could ever hope to oppress
We forgave them for what they did to us ... 
			         laid all of our hatred to rest
To sincerely love your enemy,
is how Jesus Christ wanted us all to breathe
Savor the taste of the salt covenant of peace
To live in harmony with your enemy,
is a kingdom of God inspired reality
The majority of black people chose to live this Christian prophecy
And for the most part, we’ve been a peaceful people
dwelling in the land of our conquerors
Yet we got no global praise 
for all of the indignities we forgave
Do you think we’ve gotten much national respect for that?
No sir, we instead got a lot of hateful spit
	spat in our black face
And was told often, we better know our place ...
permanent Third World class citizen
But if you first never will respect our black skin,
the melatonin cost of our suffering ...
how will you ever then accept us, and let us blend in?
	We are a peaceful people,
who proved ourselves as the best neighbors
	white people could ever hope to get
But, with ebony tears I regret
having to say this with somber words 
coated in chocolate candid:
Black people still get no respect
And we never will get it,
if we ain’t got it yet


Copyright © | Year Posted 2017

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Date: 8/11/2017 11:28:00 AM
Oh wow! But we just had a black president for 8years and I thought he was loved. Speaking for myself and family everyone is equal and respect in our eyes and hearts. In fact my best friend in all my friends is black and I'll do anything for her :) awesome write Freddie and keep light in your heart. God is all we really need His judgement. Peace and love :)
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Date: 8/10/2017 6:41:00 AM
Excellent and heartfelt write. Sorry to hear this way. Thanks for sharing it.
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Date: 8/9/2017 1:14:00 PM
Very few people on this site will grasp what you're really saying. They may sympathize but fail to empathize. I read the two comments. I think we should file suit with the US like the Native Americans did.
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Date: 8/9/2017 10:29:00 AM
This is an amazing, heartfelt and angry write. Gah, such an amazing piece. I very much disagree, but you must have been hurt and seen things that I have not. I am very sorry you feel this way. You are very talented!
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Freddie Robinson Jr.
Date: 8/9/2017 11:04:00 AM
Ty, Anna. I wouldn't be a true Christian if I had hate in my heart for white people. God has mellowed my youthful anger w/calm wisdom over the years. Most everywhere in the world, people try to gain justice thru violence. Black people seek it thru peaceful patience. We're different that way. Love and smiles always.
Date: 8/9/2017 9:09:00 AM
Great write, I hope not everyone is like this in your eyes :) Love, Juli-Michelle
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Date: 8/9/2017 9:46:00 AM
Ty, Juli-Michelle. Nah, not everyone. I know their are good and decent white people, but I'm primarily talking about the racist hateful ones. So you're not the object of my ire. Lol! Appreciate you stopping by, dear. Love always.