If none of us on acres, and none of us grow wheat
Then who will feed our people when our people need to eat

from Killer Mike – Reagan Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

If no black people own farms in order to grow their own food, how will they provide for themselves as a race without depending on others?

Killer Mike is lamenting a lack of black-owned enterprises (in this case, farming and agriculture), which is also something Malcolm X advocated (referring again to the ballot or the bullet line).

In addition, these lines bear a heavy irony when the history of slavery is considered. While African-Americans have been freed from toiling in the fields, they now have no way of growing their own food.

This is also insight into the condition of all Americans that aren’t in positions of power (controllers of government or large corporations). When we don’t own the means of production for our own goods, and our own food especially, then we rely solely on government to take care of us, which makes us slaves. Killer Mike is implying if we don’t grow our own food and take care of each other, we’re doomed to be manipulated and controlled by self-interested elites.

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