When I was a little girl I learned the American classic, “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee'” and I was taught (in the predominantly white schools) to sing it with “pride”. I always thought it didn’t seem right…so…today, i fixed it to better reflect my reality as a #BlackAmerican #woman
My country*, ’tis of thee,
[*rather, land of my kidnappers/enslavers]
sweet land of liberty*
[*does not apply to non-White individuals]
of thee I sing*;
[*they sing, we mostly lament all the injustice and ongoing brutality against our community…]
land where my fathers died*….
[*often brutally, often still in chains, often under oppression, often without justice…]
land of the pilgrims’ pride*
[*for mercilessly murdering our NATIVE Americans brothers and sisters with disease, and robbing them of their lands]
From ev’ry mountainside* [*translation – wealthiest mountainsides]
Let freedom* ring!
[*Note: Freedom not applicable to the following groups regardless of citizenship or birthright: African,Asian, Hispanic, Middle-Eastern, etc. Also does not apply to any movement that might counter the advancement of anyone other than the Caucasian Americans “Christians”.- immigrants need not apply.]
There, it’s fixed. This is my #American reality.