LIFE: The Roots- I Am A Slave Black-ish

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  • Shauna Tate

    I Am A Slave Lyrics-

    [Verse 1: Black Thought]
    I am a slave
    Yes, I’m ony a slave
    They’ll place my body in an unmarked grave
    In these confederate days
    It’s kinda hard to lift every voice singing
    While worrying about how low the sweet chariots are swinging
    I could swing from a tree, but hey
    I hope and pray that they don’t kill me today
    I am still just a slave

    [spoken dialogue between members of The Roots and “Black-ish” son, Jack Johnson]

    Jack: If the Emancipation Proclamation was passed in 1863, why weren’t you free until 1865?

    Black Thought: Well, it took 2 years for the Civil War to end.

    Jack:Oh, so you were free when the war ended?

    Questlove: Nah. Not for 2 more months. Because the Texas land owners wanted another harvest.

    Jack: That’s not cool.

    *The Roots Member*¹: None of it was cool. When an Army ship arrived on June 19, 1865, and announced we were free. That’s why we celebrate Juneteenth.

    [Verse 2: Black Thought]
    I am a slave in the home of the brave
    A product of the triangular trade
    Please pardon my ways
    If I’m nervous or the slightest bit skittish
    In the presence of the Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, or British
    They kept me in colonial chains
    Tell me how to persuade them to chill
    Or to save me and still I’m a slave

    ¹line spoken by which member of The Roots? please leave a comment if you know*

  • A book thief

    “I am a bill. Yes, I’m only a bill, and I am sitting here on Capitol Hill…”

  • The Ghetto Nerd

    The term slave has never pertained to the so called black person. Watch this. Pound the like button and share it.

  • The Warrior

    Nice song, I only wished it addressed how Africans sold us into slavery to begin with. After all, the slave trade was a TRADE–Africans captured then sold Africans for TRADE.

  • MikeAll HipHop

    #TRUTH This eps learned me about Juneteenth. SALUTE Blackish! #edutainment PEACE