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we don't hate black people anymore
it just happens that now we're rich and they're poor
but we don't hate them anymore
looks like they're still mostly pretty poor

racism is left behind in history
though there seems to be a lot of disparity
someone should really do something about that
isn't there a law or something we can pass?

we stay out of activism and advocacy
it's not our personal responsibility
we benefit from inequality indirectly
but we really love diversity
and everyone should have opportunities
but some people are just sketchy
and unqualified without a degree

we feel bad there are so many in poverty
but we've got to support our own families
no matter what we make we need the money
besides, wealth doesn't make a person happy
and we work hard to be privileged economically
and others needs are secondary
to what we call practicality

and we don't hate brown people anymore
we trade with them instead
and there always seems to be a war
but we don't colonize them anymore
we trade and liberate
so they can develop and move forward

some day iraq will be just like us (just like us)
some day china will be just like us (just like us)
some day mexico will be just like us (just like us)
some day all the underdeveloped will be just like us
and we'll all be equal and we'll all be free
basking in the pleasures of modernity

cause there's nothing inherently wrong with this society
we just need to get past that old history
cause globalization is nothing like manifest destiny
and capitalism is nothing like slavery
if we keep pursuing success individually
we'll make it to the top if we have enough integrity

but who will work in the toxic industries?
who will work in the mines and the factories?
if we're all the bosses who will be the bossees?
how can we ensure access to abundant commodities
with everyone in the world living in harmony?

oh shit... i didn't think of that
we'll cross that bridge when we come to it
don't have to worry about that at the moment
for now, for us, this world order works well enough
while we're waiting for the less fortunate to catch up


from Don't Tell Me How To Feel, released May 3, 2016



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