They were, so we are

When they were told to stay

They ran

 

When they were told to shut up

They spoke out

 

When they were told to get up

They sat down

 

When they were whipped 

They fought back

 

When they were shackled 

They broke free

 

When they were hunted

They killed 'm all

 

When they were caught 

They killed themselves

 

When they were denied freedom

They took it

 

When they were given back their freedom

They demanded equality

 

When they were marginalized

They multiplied

 

When they were expected to die

They lived

They survived


So


When they say salute

We kneel

 

When they say be quiet

We speak up

 

When they say sit down

We rise!

 

When they want us to forget

We don't

 

It’s because of them

That we are

 

They were, so we could be