Rise Up

Immigrants and children of immigrants; Rise up!
Don’t let them tell you that you are less than

Citizens of my country what is wrong with some you
Are you so desperate to find a bug to squash
That you’ll trample a fellow brother or sister
That you forget that we all are immigrants
Only the Native American can claim purity of belonging to this land

Allow me to refresh your minds

You my Anglo-Saxon siblings fled to this land seeking freedom
I don’t recall the natives beating you, shooting at you to get you to leave,
or erected walls to keep you out or in your place.
In fact did they not welcome you & help you survive

Immigrants and children of immigrants; Rise up!

You my African Brothers were forced to leave your land
Forced to build up this new land
Have you forgotten the beatings, the lynchings, the degradation
And the dismissal of your forefathers as being niggardly people

Immigrants and children of immigrants; Rise up!

You my Mulatto Latinos some of which have been part of this country
since before the Mexican-American war
You too have forgotten the look of depreciation your forefathers received;
The land that was taken from them

Immigrants and children of immigrants; Rise up!

So why do you act a fool over these new immigrants.
You whose forefathers searched for freedom and a better quality of life
You who were frowned upon, because you did not speak the queens English
You who were forced to leave, but despite it all
You fought to be looked at and treated equally.

Immigrants and children of immigrants; Rise up!

Now all they have to say is “terror alert” and you lose your mind
You help him erect walls to keep these new niggardly searchers of freedom out
You help hunt hardworking people who do menial labor you no longer care for
You help him kill the family he so often speaks about preserving.
By allowing him to separate fathers and mothers from their children
or children from their families who went looking for a way to get a better education
By allowing him to send them off to fight foolish wars that only enrich their pockets.
Why are we allowing these fools to blind us with stupidity

Immigrants and children of immigrants; Rise up!

Now you all disassociate yourselves from the newly arrived
Even going as far as saying that they are stealing good American jobs
When was the last time you applied to wash dishes, clean toilets, and/or wait tables, for less than minimum wage.

Immigrants and children of immigrants; Rise up!

I recall that at the age of 16 I or my classmates
didn’t want or cared to work any of those jobs.
We who feel so entitled to that served silver platter
look down upon these jobs and those that do it
So how do we claim that our jobs are being stolen
when we don’t want those jobs.

Immigrants and children of immigrants; Rise up!

So why are you letting your judgment to be clouded by inconsistent smoke blowers
Be real and remember all that your forefathers went through to find freedom from all the mendacity that was thrown at them from day to day.

Immigrants and children of immigrants; Rise up!
Don’t let them tell you that you and yours are less than
Rise up and they will see that we are not gullible fools
Rise up and show them you are not mindless sheep that can be herded into a corner
Rise up and bring out the smoke eaters so that you may see clearly
Rise up and bring honor to your forefathers
Rise up and show them that we too know how to fight the good fight
Rise up and make your self be counted and heard

Immigrants and children of immigrants; Rise up!
Rise up! Rise up! Rise up!

6/19/06 – 6/25/06 – 4/26/2019

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