I saw a white man today, and he
Was pretty nice. He was one
Of the one’s that pitied us “Niggers”, you
Know that’s what they call us.
I bid sir, to tell me what can I do, to
Make it better for me and my
Children. Sir, told me: “Go and learn
The language they speak, learn
It, let it flow out of your mouth like fluid.
So I studied and I studied hard,
Now I’m graciously eloquent.
I speak the man’s language with great
Accuracy but, I still have no
So I bid sir, tell me what I can do,
So I can make it better for me,
My children and their children too.
Sir said to me comb your hair, make
It flow like a river like mines do.
I ran home and got my comb, heated
Up real good, my hair was looking nice,
Real nice I tell you but, it ain’t last long
I heard about some chemicals, strong
Chemicals that make your hair nice and
Straight. I ran back to Sir, and he told
Me my hair looked great.
“I no longer looked like a nappy
Uncivilized monkey but, rather a lady
I smiled, so bright, so bright I tell ya’
I was so happy, I decided to show myself
To society. They still call me a nigger,
Monkey, darkie and told me I gets no
I ran back to sir and said, SIR, SIR
PLEASE TELL ME WHAT I MUST DO
TO GET ME AND MY CHILDREN SOME
He looked me in the eyes said, Baby gon’
Head up the road and get you a Degree
Just like me…
I got myself together and went up that
Road right there and got myself a Math degree
And I looked in the mirror and said I done did
It I done got myself some equality…
Honey I’m older now and I talked to
My Grandchildren and asked about what’s
Going on today and it don’t make no
Sense to me …
Now I find myself sitting here in this year,
2016: Wondering when will my people,
Finally get ourselves some true equality .