a.l.l.e.g.i.a.n.c.e

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I. 

I pledge allegiance to the flag of a country that won’t claim me

And to the Republicans, Democrats

Tea Party, Tiki torchin’

Conservatives and liberal hypocrites

For which it stands.

One nation

Stolen from God

Broken to pieces

With liberty and justice

For none

II. 

He asks me to say it

I pledge allegiance

I recite the words from memory

To the flag of the United States of America

Like they shot the bullet through my skull

It comes out of my mouth perfectly in tact

One nation under God

He says the Bible says that’s paganism

I am ashamed of my pride

Indivisible

False prophets taught me to worship false idols

With liberty and justice for all.

I pledge allegiance

He says that’s paganism

To the flag of the United States of America

The white man wants you to worship his country

One nation under God

But it’s not his country

Red blood floods its rivers

Black blood stains its soil

Indivisble

It’s not his country

He stole it

He stole us

With liberty and justice for all

He says it don’t matter

That’s paganism

The white man wants you to worship his country

He don’t want to respect you in it

III.

Excuse me

He begs his pardon

You’re so beautiful. What are you?

I assume his question is rhetorical

I don’t need to state the obvious

I answer anyway

When I tell him I am black he is unsatisfied

His eyes say he is an honest man

His lips spit out lies

I have heard them all before

Black women are ugly

Black women are broken

Black women are angry

Black women are whores

A black bitch ain’t shit compared to a white girl

Except for Beyoncé 

She’s the most beautiful woman in the world

Excuse me

She begs her pardon

You’re so beautiful. What are you?

I assume her question is rhetorical

I don’t need to state the obvious

I answer anyway

When I tell her I am black she is unsatisfied

Her eyes say black can’t be beautiful

Her lips say the world is never just black and white

Where are your parents from?

America

Where are yourgrandparents from?

America

Where are your great great great grandparents from?

Once upon a time, we were stolen from home

Black royalty disguised as white men’s slaves

There was no happy ending

Nothing was supposed to survive

No language

No religion

No tribe

No tradition

No memory of black

Just white

No one was supposed to survive

We did

We remember

The world is always just black and white

IV.

When they kicked in our knees to pray to their God

We remixed the good book we couldn’t read and made Moses a black woman

Yaaaaaasss queen

We didn’t need no fucking bible to tell us we were the chosen ones

When they twisted our tongues to mimic their speech

We made language all our own

Cooked it up in the trap

No basic bitches allowed

No shade

The vocabulary was on fleek

The wordplay straight fire

The syllables so lit

Until the fuckboys took the ratchet mainstream

Twerking is a national past time

Bye Felicia

All of a sudden everybody wants to be like a nigga

Nobody wants to be one.

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