The Poverty Of Philosophy Lyrics

Most of my Latino and black people who are struggling
to get food, clothes and shelter in the hood are so
concerned with that, that philosophising about freedom
and socialist democracy is usually unfortunately beyond
their rationale. They don't realize that America can't
exist without separating them from their identity,
because if we had some sense of who we really are,
there's no way in hell we'd allow this country to push
it's genocidal consensus on our homelands. This
ignorance exists, but it can be destroyed.

Nigga talk about change and working within the system
to achieve that. The problem with always being a
conformist is that when you try to change the system
from within, it's not you who changes the system; it's
the system that will eventually change you. There is
usually nothing wrong with compromise in a situation,
but compromising yourself in a situation is another
story completely, and I have seen this happen long
enough in the few years that I've been alive to know
that it's a serious problem. Latino America is a huge
colony of countries whose presidents are cowards in the
face of economic imperialism. You see, third world
countries are rich places, abundant in resources, and
many of these countries have the capacity to feed their
starving people and the children we always see digging
for food in trash on commercials. But plutocracies, in
other words a government run by the rich such as this
one and traditionally oppressive European states, force
the third world into buying overpriced, unnecessary
goods while exporting huge portions of their natural

I'm quite sure that people will look upon my attitude
and sentiments and look for hypocrisy and hatred in my
words. My revolution is born out of love for my people,
not hatred for others.

You see, most of Latinos are here because of the great
inflation that was caused by American companies in
Latin America. Aside from that, many are seeking a life
away from the puppet democracies that were funded by
the United States; places like El Salvador, Guatemala,
Peru, Columbia, Nicaragua, Ecuador and Republica
Dominicana, and not just Spanish-speaking countries
either, but Haiti and Jamaica as well.

As different as we have been taught to look at each
other by colonial society, we are in the same struggle
and until we realize that, we'll be fighting for scraps
from the table of a system that has kept us subservient
instead of being self-determined. And that's why we
have no control over when the embargo will stop in
Cuba, or when the bombs will stop dropping in Vieques.

But you see, here in America the attitude that is fed
to us is that outside of America there live lesser
people. "f**k them, let them fend for themselves." No,
f**k you, they are you. No matter how much you want to
dye your hair blonde and put fake eyes in, or follow an
anorexic standard of beauty, or no matter how many
diamonds you buy from people who exploit your own
brutally to get them, no matter what kind of car you
drive or what kind of fancy clothes you put on, you
will never be them. They're always gonna look at you as
nothing but a little monkey. I'd rather be proud of
what I am, rather than desperately trying to be
something I'm really not, just to fit in. And whether
we want to accept it or not, that's what this culture
or lack of culture is feeding us.

I want a better life for my family and for my children,
but it doesn't have to be at the expense of millions of
lives in my homeland. We're given the idea that if we
didn't have these people to exploit then America
wouldn't be rich enough to let us have these little
petty material things in our lives and basic standards
of living. No, that's wrong. It's the business giants
and the government officials who make all the real
money. We have whatever they kick down to us. My enemy
is not the average white man, it's not the kid down the
block or the kids I see on the street; my enemy is the
white man I don't see: the people in the white house,
the corporate monopoly owners, fake liberal politicians
those are my enemies. The generals of the armies that
are mostly conservatives those are the real Mother-
f**kers that I need to bring it to, not the poor, broke
country-ass soldier that's too stupid to know shit
about the way things are set up.

In fact, I have more in common with most working and
middle-class white people than I do with most rich
black and Latino people. As much as racism bleeds
America, we need to understand that classism is the
real issue. Many of us are in the same boat and it's
sinking, while these bougie Mother-f**kers ride on a
luxury liner, and as long as we keep fighting over
kicking people out of the little boat we're all in,
we're gonna miss an opportunity to gain a better
standard of living as a whole.

In other words, I don't want to escape the plantation I
want to come back, free all my people, hang the Mother-
f**ker that kept me there and burn the house to the god
damn ground. I want to take over the encomienda and
give it back to the people who work the land.

You cannot change the past but you can make the future,
and anyone who tells you different is a f**king
lethargic devil. I don't look at a few token Latinos
and black people in the public eye as some type of
achievement for my people as a whole. Most of those
successful individuals are sell-outs and house Negros.

But, I don't consider brothers a sell-out if they move
out of the ghetto. Poverty has nothing to do with our
people. It's not in our culture to be poor. That's only
been the last 500 years of our history; look at the
last 2000 years of our existence and what we brought to
the world in terms of science, mathematics, agriculture
and forms of government. You know the idea of a
confederation of provinces where one federal government
controls the states? The Europeans who came to this
country stole that idea from the Iroquois lead. The
idea of impeaching a ruler comes from an Aztec
tradition. That's why Montezuma was stoned to death by
his own people 'cause he represented the agenda of
white Spaniards once he was captured, not the Aztec
people who would become Mexicans.

So in conclusion, I'm not gonna vote for anybody just
'cause they black or Latino they have to truly
represent the community and represent what's good for
all of us proletariat.

Viva la revolution!

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