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Hoods Off, Hands-Up, Hold Up

Black Boys Be-Aware!!

Keshawn is smart, kind, but an oblivious young man

Uncertain that the world pre-judges him

Judges him on his outward appearance

I tell him keep your hood off when walking down the street

Keep your hands visible so all can see

When someone yells in your direction STOP!

Be respectful, be obedient, be silent

Unless spoken to.

Hoods Off, Hands-Up, Hold Up

Black Boys Be-Aware!!

This is our Freedom

The new modern day slavery they call it.

Trayvon keep your hood off

Hands Up, Mike Brown obey and avoid restraints

Black boys got targets on their backs

With no-one willing to truly consider the facts.

They never really see Keshawn

The Keshawn I know

This tall, athletic, book smart kid

Black Boys Be-Aware!!

What does the world see?

A “pistol packing drug dealer”

But who is he really?

A brother, a son, a scholar!

Hoods Off, Hands-Up, Hold Up

Black Boys Be-Aware!!

Black Lives Matter

Blue Lives Matter

All Lives Matter

Does it matter what lives matter?

If we are unjust in our actions

How can we justify our actions!

Keshawn be brave my child

Overcoming prejudice and oppression will take more time

Hoods Off, Hands-Up, Hold Up

Black Boys Be-Aware!!

Shoot first ask questions later

Wilson, Zimmerman, Hitler?

A melting pot of haters.

America the beautiful but only from the outside

Making America Great Again needs to start from the inside

Martin the King, Malcolm the Xample, Ghandi the Peacemaker

A country rooted in oppression

Convinced America is for equal opportunity

But again, where is the unity?

Trump Towers, Walls, America does Fall!

Race riots, protests and rallies arise

Keshawn confident in his strides in the neighborhood

With his hood on as he walks down the street

Hope tonight he doesn’t end up…..Held Up with his Hands up!

Black Boys Be-Aware!!