I am young and fierce; I am tall and strong;
To some I am feared, and they say I don't belong;
Yet I have a place on earth, and I have a voice;
I was assigned at birth; I am God's choice.
The color of my skin it's not pearly white,
But when I smile, my smile is bright;
I walk in a room and command attention;
I'm a black man, in case I didn't mention;
I was created in love and for God's glory,
I am a black man and this is my story,
If I walk the streets late, I am a thug,
If I wear fine clothes, I sell drugs.
If I walk in a neighborhood other than mine,
I am a troublemaker, about to commit a crime,
If I wear a hoodie, they'll assume I have a gun,
They can open fire, but I'm guilty if I run.
When I was small, they thought I was cute,
Now I am strong and tall, they're ready to shoot,
Their goal is to kill me, it's called "Stand your ground"
But this is not God's will for me, and I won't back down
In the eyes of a black man; the prize I hold dear
The vision I have to become an engineer;
That's how I plan to re-educate this nation,
A proud young black man redefining his generation.