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BY ANY MEANS
-by Neo Blaqness

I’m not asking permission
for the air I breath
I’m not asking permission
for what I believe
I’m not asking permission
for how I live
I’m not asking permission
for what I give
I’m not asking permission
for my skin tone
I’m not asking permission
for where I call home
I’m not asking permission
for who I love
I’m not asking permission
for who shares my blood
I’m not asking permission
for the shape of my body
I’m not asking permission
for what I do with it on Friday
I’m not asking permission
to walk down the street
I’m not asking permission
for the company I keep
I’m not asking permission
for the car that I drive
I’m not asking permission
to simply be alive
I’m not asking permission
for my right to vote
I’m not asking permission
for a hoodie to be my coat
I’m not asking permission
to stand my own ground
I’m not asking permission
to defend myself
You don’t have my permission
to stop and frisk
You don’t have my permission
to treat me like this
I will no longer permit you
to profile me cuz I’m black
but you do have my permission
to kiss my black ass