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by Immortal Technique

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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 resources. 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. "Fuck them, let them fend for
themselves." No, Fuck 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
Find more similar lyrics on 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-Fuckers
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-Fuckers 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-Fucker 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 Fucking 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. Porque sino entonces te
mando por el carajo cabron gusano hijo de puta,
seramos libre pronto, viva la revolucion, VIVA LA
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