Add us to equations but they'll never make us equal

from Janelle Monae (Ft. Erykah Badu) – Q.U.E.E.N. Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

The Emancipation and Civil Rights movement freed slaves & fought for the inclusion, acceptance and respect of black people in America, which added them to the equation of the sociopolitical and economic American playing field.

This doesn’t mean that they were made equal.

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