Airbrushed Heroes (Tribute to Muhammad Ali and Nelson Mandela)

They wanna…. airbrush our heroes

Lighten up their dark circumstances

White wash their political stances

Cut and paste on false liberal values

And blot out every one of their journals on how to

Make a revolution so the world advances .


They wanna…. liposuction

All “belly of the beast” talk

Bleach the bloody road on the long walk

To freedom and,

Hide the victims so we never see them

And lift leaders so high we never think we can be ‘em


They wanna…. “applause track” our Malcolms

And as they fake clap, they cover up the Black with talcum

They wanna pacify Mandela

they want you to think he was just some peaceful fellow

BUT if you take his freedom, take his land,

Terrorize his people…time’s passed for shaking hands


They wanna… screen print our heroines

Put Harriet Tubman on a 20

The mother of slave revolts on U.S. money,

But check the subliminal math and

See she only gets half and

is only validated once the bill is flipped to see

the white man Jackson


They wanna apple pie Ali,

detach him from his Blackness and ideas on why we

should never fight their wars or join their Army

They wanna… just make him a sports star

Not the hero the GOVERNMENT would have but behind bars

for joining with people of the world in solidarity

while fearlessly identifying our common enemy

and eloquently describing our still bleeding scars


They wanna…. move on to the next trend

Cut off rebel curiosity before it begins

They wanna…. airbrush our heroes


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