'get up, stand up
Stand up for your rights
Get up, stand up
Don't give up the fight
Interpolated from the Bob Marley song “Get Up, Stand Up”.
This reference completes the narrative of the previous 4-5 lines. after all he’s been through, Common finally has a wider/informed view of his status/‘place’ in America— he can take right action.
His reaction is the same as Bob Marley’s— to shake things up. it’s a call to arms (figuratively speaking, of course)
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