And the Statue of Liberty ain't nothin but a lazy bitch
The Statue of Liberty has been a symbol of hope, freedom and the American dream for over a century. Immigrants coming to America saw her as they neared Ellis Island and knew the opportunity for a new life lay before them.
Also, engraved on a bronze plaque at her base is Emma Lazarus' poem The New Colossus which reads as follows:
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
The poem also implies that America is a land of freedom, of new beginnings and a place for anyone chasing a dream to come.
However, most African-Americans never were able to experience this as they were generally brought into the country in shackles and forced to work as slaves.
What Ice Cube is saying, is while the Statue of Liberty may represent all these great things to some people, it only represents another piece of the American dream his people were denied.
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