Academic journal article The Journal of Hip Hop Studies

Foot Notes on Equality

Academic journal article The Journal of Hip Hop Studies

Foot Notes on Equality

Article excerpt


In the days when the sky crushed to the trees to the ground

And hope hung suspended from the branches

Strangled by the passion of the times

We moved beneath the heavens

Our backs doubled over

By unfinished fields yet to be tended

The land nourished us with her strength

The strength of our pain

The pain of our sorrow

The sorrow of our bondage


Under the pale whiteness of the foreign sky

Africa's rivers still flowed in our souls

And our roots sank into the bitter ground

Dawn and sunset merged

The years fled one after another

The old songs lost their meaning

Our folk tales their values

And the spirits of the ancestors

no longer dwelled within us

In the Southern concentration camps

Our lives ground raw, bleeding

Between the barbs of cotton and tobacco fields


Our tired hands cried out for deliverance

For some it was in song

across the river

For others at night on foot

But Freedom came slow of foot

hard of heart and begrudgingly

It stank of garbage piles

welfare rolls


rat droppings

broken plaster

Hunger in the children's stomachs

The booming of Segregation

de facto, de jure

And always the promises of our forefathers and enslavers,

"We hold these truths

to be self evident that all men

are created equal. …

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