Here at LifeTakes we try to keep things pretty light. We try not to take ourselves too seriously. It’s just a place to get off our takes, throw around a couple jokes and have a few laughs. Recently, it has been increasingly more difficult to do so. A couple of days ago, I thought of writing a blog about what happened in Minneapolis and the ongoing riots across the country. Now, I fancy myself as a pretty good writer, but I didn’t think that I could put enough English together to express my feelings.
So, I turned to my second language – 2000s rap lyrics. A little longer than past excerpts, but I think it will be worth it. Let’s see if it works.
What’s wrong with the world mama?
People living like they ain’t got no mamas
I think the whole world’s addicted to the drama
Only attracted to things that’ll bring the trauma
Overseas, yeah we’re tryin’ to stop terrorism
But we still got terrorists here livin’ in the USA, the big CIA
The Bloodz and the Crips and the KKK
But if you only have love for your own race
Then you only leave space to discriminate
And to discriminate only generates hate
And when you hate then you’re bound to get irate, yeah
Madness is what you demonstrate
And that’s exactly how anger works and operates
Now, you gotta have love, this’ll set us straight
Take control of your mind and meditate
Let your soul gravitate to the love, y’all
This, of course, is Where Is The Love? by The Black Eyed Peas. Justin Timberlake is also featured in the chorus, albeit uncredited. The hit was #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 after being released in 2003.
White, black, brown, orange and everywhere in between, we all have a responsibility as human beings to care and love our fellow human beings. We have to be better.
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