“Today, you are now free.”

Painting the street yellow
ain’t gonna do much
’bout black crime
on black folk.

That paint is gonna be gone
and the street will just be
full of more potholes
and hot verbal air,

and black folk will still live and die
in communities and our prisons,
systemically locked out of the
American promised dream.

400 plus years of enslavement,
and of cultural decapitation,
can not end just like that,
with a proclamation.