Foolishly, most men join the ranks cluelessly
Buffoonishly accept the deception, believe the perception

from Black Star – Thieves in the Night Lyrics on Rap Genius


Here Mos Def argues that the ‘American Dream’ is a lie used to trick people into submitting to a system that keeps them powerless and disenfranchised. They imbibe the conventional wisdom, and accept the goals and incentives (money, power, a career) that they are taught to value.

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