slave to freedom

Tell me, what does it mean?
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slave to freedom

you wish to liberate me
from centuries
of cultural cruelty
bringing destruction
to the life i know
you murder my language
make fun of my speech
insist that i sound
more like you
you cut my hair
covered up my tattoos
changed my clothes
tore down my house
and then ridiculed me
when i sought a place
where i can keep
memories of who
i
used
to
be

you said you’d save me
then you captured me
degraded me
berated me
did you liberate me
after all?
did you free me
from
self expression
self education
self rule
self
where
did
i go?

my name has been changed
i’ve been separated
from my tribe
and labeled with a race
identified by my color
not my people’s
accomplishments
which according to you
don’t even exist
you occupied my land
imposed your selfish rules
and told me that i should
smile
because of you
i’m free
to go
where?

where in this world
do you not control
do your hands not reach
ready to crush a soul
that thrived
before you came?

i am a slave
to your whims
your passing fancy
of humanitarian deeds
you freed me
from hell
to dump me in prison
only this time
you got to choose
are you my savior
or my enslaver?
is there a
difference
between
the two?

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