Where were you

When they took away our fathers,

Whipped our brothers,

Beat our mothers,

Raped our sisters,

Incarcerated our cousins,

Sold our neighbors, 

Lynched our sons,

Exploited our daughters,

Killed our leaders,

Murdered our sick,

And Shamed our elders.

Where were you when we sang

We shall overcome with hope

In our hearts and tears in our eyes?

Where were you when the pain

Was so great some of us tried to

Burn, baby, burn the pain away.

Where was understanding when

My people were encouraged to

Self medicate with dirty drugs

And cheap liquor.

Then the self medicated get rewarded

With

Free room and board at county.

Forgotten.

Where were you?

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