Overseas we can mutilate and mangle
Let me give you an example what our troops are coming back to
Cold cities where the youth are getting strangled
The community in peril and our future looking narrow

from Brother Ali – Mourning In America Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

America can work to fix things overseas all they want, but the reality is that there are still problems right here.

I’d suggest that the first line language “mutilate and mangle” does not refer to fixing things overseas, but all the destruction and death we cause. The irony is that when our veterans return, they too face devastation in their communities, and little support from their government.

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