Jim Crow

America's liberty and 
                             justice for all,
has taken yet another fall.
No longer Home of the Brave,
                            Land of the Free.
America incarcerates,
          millions of its citizenry.

Goliath is armed,
         and hard to bring-down.
America is being harmed,
                with a familiar sound,
                        Jim Crow.

Rising prison empire,
                          no doubt.
California three strikes,
                   you're never getting out.
Texas Tough, Jim Crow, Michigan's
                          life-without-parole.
Mass incarceration
                  is taking its toll.

Social control,
                friend or foe,
African-American, the poor, 
                  and under-educated,
           are being over-incarcerated.
                             Jim Crow
                         is on a roll.

Distrust all in whom,
              the impulse to punish
                                 is strong.

Make them end
                        retributive practices,
             fulfill the promise,
Liberty and Justice
                             for all.
Rehabilitate those who
                           slip and fall.

Become movers and shakers.
Educate our policy-makers.
          Kill their desire,
              to create a Goliath 
                          prison empire.

Where is your bravery?
When you allow,
                   such slavery.
Stand up to the test.
It's time to put,
                    Jim Crow to rest.