They tipping the scale for these crackers to win
No reading, no writing, made us savage of men
They praying for jail but I mastered the pen
For a very long time, black members of American society were denied the same treatment as whites. One of the reason why there is still such an equality gap between blacks and whites is that schools were segregated by race, and blacks were not taught to read and write to the same extent as whites.
He plays off the term “crackers”, implying white people but furthermore, on “scales” and “crack”-ers, which is a smart drug reference.
It has even been recently proved that government is more responsive to low white graduation rates than black. Black people were at one point seen as illiterate savages, but Push has risen above that.
Some people believe that this gap and supposed lack of care about black education is evidence of the government secretly wanting to imprison black members of society. Push could have at one point been destined for jail, but he says he has mastered the pen. This can be seen two ways:
- He mastered the art of writing and reciting raps, essentially beating the white man at his own game
- He mastered the penitentiary — and there’s no chance of him going there now.
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