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Breathing While Black
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Tom Neilson
Tom Neilson 2016
Ain't Gonna Pass
Tue Oct 24, 2017
Acoustic : Folk
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» highest in charts:   # 40   (150,427 songs currently listed in Acoustic)
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About the song
A brief account of stories depicting discrimination to the point of murder based on profiling seemingly by skin pigmentation.
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John Crawford was shopping in the Walmart store
When police with guns charged through the door.
He was holding a toy gun in his hand
So the cops had to kill him, you understand.
When the police say they got a call - that, of course, explains it all
You’re gonna provoke a police attack
When you break the law shopping while Black.

Amadou Diallo was on the steps to his home
But the NYPD couldn’t leave him alone
The police wanted him to show some i.d.
Then they pumped him with lead 19 times you see
Cause you’re gonna provoke a police attack
When you break the law showin i.d. while Black.

Chris Lollie was found sitting down on a bench in St. Paul
He was pickin up his 2 kids from school, that was all.
Waiting for them on a bench, not breaking any law
But the police said they got a call. And that, of course explains it all.
They cuffed his hands behind his back
It’s against the law to pick up kids while Black.

And Danielle Watts of Django Unchained
Was smoochin with her honey so the LAPD came
They told her they wanted to see her i.d.
And Danielle said “Why you messin with me?”
But the police said they got a call - And that, of course, explains it all
They cuffed her hands behind her back.
It’s against the law to be kissing while Black.

Whether your hands are up or down
Doesn’t seem to matter if you’re Black or Brown
Every 28 hours, a Black man they kill. Tell me Is there a quota they gotta fill
But If the police say they got a call That, of course, explains it all
You’re gonna provoke a police attack If you break the law breathin while Black