Young African Men

Feel the gaze of your oppressor on your backs

Holding you back

Real or imagined

Your kin dying on American streets

Rioting on London’s streets

There’s nothing you can do now

Music is one outlet

Express your pain

Sometimes violent, sometimes melancholic

Their pain you feel from miles away

Listen to the mistrust of white people on the telly

Shouting you are the problem

Glances in supermarkets & elevators

Whispers that leave you in no doubt

Still they reject the tag of oppressor

You bring this on yourselves

We are at war

A wrong black 'un represents the entire race

Feel that anger burn inside of you

Can you not see why African women feel the same about you?

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