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Alex Dezen - I Am a Racist

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Published on Apr 19, 2017

“I Am a Racist"
From Alex Dezen II
LP/CD/Digital available now from Poor Man Records

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I Am a Racist

I am a racist
Of this there’s little doubt
Black and brown faces
Make me nervous
When it’s dark out
Now, I don’t want to be this way
But what can I say?
This is how America raised me
To always be afriad
Don’t take the blame
And you’re probably
Exactly the same

In college I had a black friend
He was cool, and if you asked him
What it was like to be a black man
He would laugh and say
“Let’s pretend”
That every single person you see
Out on the street
Thinks you’re carrying a gun or knife
Yeah, that’s what it’s like
Every single day of my life.”
I said, “C’mon. Don’t you think
That’s a little dramatic?”
And he just shook his head.
“Yeah. That’s what the cop said.”

I am a racist
Of this there’s little doubt
Black and brown faces
Make me nervous
When it’s dark out
Now I don’t want to be this way
But what can I say?
This is how America raised me
To always be afriad
Don’t try to change
And you’re probably
Exactly the same

When I can’t clean my apartment
Sometimes I have to outsource it
That’s when Carlos and Zoe come
To do the job that I can't get done
But before they arrive
I'll go and hide
Valuable things
I don’t want them to find
'cause you never know
The lengths to which
Some desperate people go
Then once time I found
A hundred dollars on my couch
With a note that kindly read
“I found this under your bed."

I am a racist
Of this there’s little doubt
Black and brown faces
Make me nervous
When it’s dark out
Now I don’t want to be this way
But what can I say?
This is how America raised me
To always be afriad
Don’t take the blame
And you’re probably
Exactly the same

I fought it desperately
‘cause I just could not believe
That it was so easy
To see people differently
I looked at other things to blame
Cast down their names in shame
But the problem
Always ended in the same place
And that place was me

I am a racist
Of this there’s little doubt
But I am trying to change it
Every time it rears it’s head about
‘Cause I don’t want to be to be this way
And no matter what you say
I know the damage
And the role that I’ve played
So I'll take the blame
Seems like a good place to start
Anyway

I am a racist
Yes
And I can’t escape it
Yet
‘cause I haven’t really been
Trying my best
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  • Song

    • I Am a Racist
  • Artist

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    • Alex Dezen II
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