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I'm sorry
For something I didn't do
Lynched somebody
But I don't know who
You blame me for slavery
A hundred years before I was born


I'm a convict
(guilty)Of a racist crime
(guilty)I've only served
(guilty)19 years of my time


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    UnregisteredNov 27, 2013 at 2:17 pm
    If you want ignorance, look at your comment. You're saying that the only people who can be racist are whites...and, in turn, that no one can be racist against THEM. I'm sorry but if a black guy hits me and says "take that, white boy," it HAS to be because he hates whites. Why else throw the "white boy" in there?
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    UnregisteredJun 12, 2012 at 12:43 pm
    Ian mackaye grew up in a majority-black neighborhood and went to majority black schools. This song was intended to be an anti-racist song about the racism he felt from his majority black peers and his disconnect from white privilege, from which he felt he was excluded. As a poor white in a majority black neighborhood, he felt victimized because of his race, even though his only crime was the color of his skin. People have often misinterpreted this song as a 'white power' song and used it to bolster claims of 'reverse racism. '
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    UnregisteredJul 9, 2012 at 2:40 am
    Ian mackaye grew up in glover park, dc. He was not poor.

    Pretty much all white people feel disconnected from white privilege... That's part of the privilege.

    I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and assume that his perspective has evolved in the past 30 or so years. But there is nothing profound in this song except the ubiquity of its ignorance.

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