Misrepresented People

I was watching Spike Lee’s great film “Bamboozled” this afternoon and I just love Stevie Wonder’s “Misrepresented People”, a song from the soundtrack. Bamboozled is a must see, so if you haven’t seen it, it’s currently on Encore ONDemand. Check it out.

In 1492 you came upon these shores.
Seven hundred years, educated by the moors;
17th Century– genocide and the gun
Middle Passage blessed to market the Africans.

In the so-called ““Land of God””
My kind were treated hard.
From back then until now
I see, and you agree–
We have been a misrepresented people.

From back then until now
Just see my family tree;
We have been a misrepresented people.
We have been a misrepresented people.

19th century– slavery destroyed.
Soldiers who fought and won
What’’s known as ““nigger-boys””.
20th century– with freedom in my hand,
We invent ideas
Which helped us save a land,

But while I prayed to God
My moms and pops got whored.
From back then until now
You’’ll see our history;
We have been a misrepresented people.

From back then until now
Just see my family tree;
We have been a misrepresented people
Yes, we have been a misrepresented people.

1969– Black power’s at the door.
1982– Hop-hop was on the floor.
1992– Gangsta crack prevailed.
1999– Our colors filled the jails.

It is through the grace of God
That we all were not scarred.
From back then until now
We see no comedy;
We have been a misrepresented people.

From back then until now
Were we still a mystery;
We have been a misrepresented people.
Yes, we have been a misrepresented people.

Though we march across time,
A sea of victories,
We have been a misrepresented people.

From back then until now
You know we made you grow;
We have been a misrepresented people.
We have been a misrepresented people.

From back then until now
We see our destiny
To never be a misrepresented people.

Yes, we march across to time to free
A melody
To never be a misrepresented people.

No you must never be a misrepresented people.

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