Kori Arts - Crossroads, TANZANIA

Truth at 17 – Onome

See it’s easy
Easy to play the victim
And
It’s Easy
Easy to point a finger and blame the system
Yes
It’s easy
Easy to play the victim
And
It’s Easy
Easy to point a finger and blame the system
 
Though what’s not so easy is to assume responsibility
To take a realistic look at happenings
Check yourself and say- this is of my doing
Or
This is our doing
Cause until we recognise what’s really going on
As a people are stuck
See I could easily blame the system for me
Not excelling at school
Cause the system told me not to work
Was the same system that made me talk
And the system that told me not to listen
Was the same system that made me walk
Round the grounds, with the blunt smoking, blade bearing
Shit talking fools
We was on that whole ‘forget this’ youth rebellion vibe
Used to preach bout how the teachers were ‘fucking up our lives’
Even though it was half past and lesson started at nine
Yet we can always shift the blame
 
Because it’s easy
Easy to play the victim
And
It’s Easy
Easy to point a finger and blame the system
Yes
It’s easy
Easy to play the victim
And
It’s Easy
Easy to point a finger and blame the system

 
 
Like
They never taught me black history in school
So what
Didn’t learn bout the Chinese either
Simply
As a half Brit, British citizen
I studied a lot of British History
Fault that?
See we can talk bout
How it would be lovely
For the English education system
To teach our African kids some African History
But hear me
 
FROM THE ROOT THE TREE GROWS UPWARDS
And as the parents of our community you are our roots
Our single grip on yesterday’s victories
So if anybody should teach us our history
Inform our sons of what their forefathers achieved
Inform our daughters of their foremother’s beauty
It should be you
So we can blame who we want, when we want
But in reality
Where we fell, we must rise
And where we failed we must succeed
Where we are scared to look
We must now see
And where we were scared to talk we must now speak
Cause we have a situation on our hands
An international epidemic of self hate and under achievement
And until we see that we had a part in our own downfall
We shall never witness
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