When niggas ain't become American till 9/11

from Talib Kweli (Ft. John Legend) – Around My Way Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

The September 11th attack on the US was the day people embraced being American. Feeling that we were being targeted by “terrorists” made us feel the need to unite. African Americans were finally able to call themselves Americans—they were no longer looked at as the enemy.

Another interpretation is that a lot of black folks became reluctant to criticize the government after 9/11 for fear of being labeled terrorists.

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