Art of Words: Mathematics

When the average minimum wage is $5.15, you best believe you gotta find a new grind to get cream. The White unemployment rate, is nearly more than triple for Black so frontliners got they gun in your back. Bubblin’ crack, jewel theft and robbery to combat poverty and end up in the global jail economy. Stiffer stipulations attached to each sentence. Budget cutbacks but increased police presence. And even if you get out of prison still livin’ join the other five million under state supervision. This is business, no faces just lines and statistics from your phone, your zip code, to S-S-I digits. The system break man child and women into figures. Two columns for who is, and who ain’t niggaz. Numbers is hardly real and they never have feelings but you push too hard, even numbers got limits. Why did one straw break the camel’s back? Here’s the secret: the million other straws underneath it – it’s all mathematics.

— Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def)

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