Brown Man, Brown Man (What Do You See)

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Know history know self so come and listen in
Every brown immigrant upbringing is different
Second world war grandfather fought the Japanese
Hiding with gats in trees, was captured then had to flee
The Bataan Death March, that really should have ended it
Mamay played dead, then his body thrown in a ditch
And history doesn't  tell of his brethren that fell to death
Dying from dysentery spread by human excrement
Somehow Mamay made it, survived that hellish time
Despite rescission acts, moved to the states for a better life
Went from the boondocks and was soon lost in America
Needless to say it started off terrible, a parable
Of how a janitor drank and  gambled his life away
Not until he petitioned his family did he see the light of day
His eldest son then continued work as a custodian
But chose to join the Navy, sail the sea, there was hope for him
Ironically could barely swim and gets motion sickness
The sacrifices one makes for his own kinsmen
Then back to the PI to bring mom to the states
That's the way that my story began back in the day
Raised in the confines of various Navy Bases
Shielded from the outside world of hateful racists
No history no self,  but really there was no help
So much for model minority, never came from old wealth

Brown Man Brown Man what do you see
I see America looking at me
Brown Man Brown Man what do you see
I see America looking at me
Brown Man Brown Man what do you see
I see America looking at me
I see, I see, I see America

Fast forward to my life affluence, I've been stacking' chips
My hustle hard to give my family's best chance at this
But afraid to let my kids grow up with privilege, that's imminent
They'll never know the struggle  that their immigrant parents did
Can we have upward mobility without losing identity
You have to code switch in spoken tongues of the enemy
Success in this country based on lack of melanin
If you white passing, change your name now you're better than
Italians were ostracized, Irish need not apply
But the melting pot revealed the fact that they all are white
I don't have that luxury, nor does it appeal to me
To lose what little culture colonization didn't steal from me
Like when I get asked, no where are you really from
I don't fit this box you've made, now I'm the silly one?
White oppression lead to incessant microaggressions
Look at my reflection and somehow feel obsessed with
Fat lips and flat nose, questioning my heritage
To understand transgressions just look back at Jefferson
All men  aren't equal, to the colonists it was obvious
It wasn't all inclusive, that's just nonsense and
Still to this day no admission of being complicit
To systemic racism put them in this position to begin with
Redlines and gerrymander there's never been a blurred line
Then they act like this is the first time or the first lie

Brown Man Brown Man what do you see
I see America looking at me
Brown Man Brown Man what do you see
I see America looking at me
Brown Man Brown Man what do you see
I see America looking at me
I see, I see, I see America

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Written by: Brian Rivera

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