WHAT TO THE AMERICAN SLAVE IS YOUR FOURTH OF JULY

If I was alive on July 4, 1776
I would not be free,
I would not be independent
I would not be American.

Another day
Another celebratory rape by my master

Another thought of my mother
Sold somewhere I’ll never find

Another tear on my father’s cheek
Another gash on my brother’s back

They don’t own our dreams

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