Ghost Dance, Trail of Tears, 5 million beers a year
And all that other crime did

from Lupe Fiasco – Around My Way Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Ghost Dance Relatives were groups of North American Indian Tribes that all got together for the common goal of separating themselves from the white man and restoring their past way of life:

The Ghost Dance was a resurrection of the dead, a bringing back of the customs and way of life that the Indians were trying to hold onto."

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The 5 million beers refer to the small town of Whiteclay, Nebraska in which 5 million cans of beer are sold anually mainly to the Native American population living in the close reservation (See here). Just currently the Ogalala Sioux Tribe sued those stores, the beer companies and others (See here).

The Trail of Tears refers to the forced relocation of Native Americans from the southern US to reservations in the midwest as a part of the Indian Removal Act of 1830. Thousands of Native Americans were forced to move and many were killed.

All of these crimes were detrimental to the Native Americans and were a result of the colonization of the United States.

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