We all talk having greens, but none of us own acres
“Green” refers to money and/or weed, but also to agricultural produce. This is another iteration of the last line’s concern, that oppression occurs by way of ownership and exploitation. True power in America belongs to those who own the means of production—that is, factories, farms and other places where commodities are produced.
The use of “acre” is a likely reference to the post-emancipation promise of “40 acres and a mule,” which would have given freed slaves the means to produce for themselves. Instead, Southerners (and Northerners) kept the newly freed Americans in a position of only being able to work for others, i.e., work for their former white masters. As David Blackmon voluminously details, thousands of Black Americans were actually kept in debt slavery until the 1930s and 40s.
The line also plays on the title of the 1965-71 sitcom Green Acres
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