“Oh say can you see” does not mean
We turn a blind eye to injustice.
“By the dawn’s early light” does not mean
We can ignore our dark past.
“Proudly we hailed” does not allow us
To look down upon others with disdain.
“Twilight’s last gleaming” does not imply
Our best days are behind us.
“Broad stripes” are not labels
With which we paint our fellow man.
“Bright Stars” don’t refer to
Tinseltown tabloid headliners.
“The perilous fight” is not talking about
The two year long presidential election process.
“Over ramparts we watched” isn’t
A reference to the walls of our gated communities.
“Gallantly Steaming” is not about
Binge watching “Game of Thrones” on wifi.
“Rockets red glare” is not a commentary
On the lackluster performance of an NBA team.
“Bombs bursting in air” is absolutely not
About a demeaning sexual scenario!
“Our flag was still there” isn’t a call for
Ill conceived military adventurism.
“That Star-Spangled Banner” is not some
Holy relic to be worshiped and praised.
And most importantly
“The land of the free” does not mean
People are free to shoot police and
“The home of the brave” does not mean
Black men have to be brave to leave home.