Gracious and eternal God, we pray in the name of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit that you might walk with us in these difficult times, as we stand for love, we stand for mercy and we stand for justice. Whenever you call men and women to preach you take the risk of putting treasure in an earthen vessel, that the excellency of the power might be of thee and not of us. Hide us behind the cross, cover us in your blood. Fill us with your spirit. Come Holy Spirit. Come, let the words of our mouth and the meditation of our heart be acceptable in thy sight, oh Lord our strength and blessed Redeemer. Amen.
To the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal church, Bishop Curry to Bishop Mariann Budde, Bishop of the Diocese of Washington, DC, to Dean Randy Hollerith, Dean of the Cathedral, to the Provost Jane Cope, provost of the cathedral to my dear friend, Rev. Kelly Douglas to my co-chair, the Reverend Dr. Liz Theo Harris to all of the people who are viewing around the world and around the nation. And to all of you who are part of the poor people’s campaign, a national call for moral revival, that will be joining us for the poor people’s assembly, mass moral March on Washington, DC on this coming Saturday, June 20, my brothers and sisters in black lives matters and other bodies that are engaging in prophetic love in the streets throughout this nation, I greet you this morning where Jesus has love, but also with a heavy heart. And I want to read to you this morning, texts from the book of Amos, chapter five, beginning at verse 10 in the Message Bible translation.
People hate this kind of talk.
Raw truth is never popular.
But here it is, bluntly spoken:
Because you run roughshod over the poor
and take the bread right out of their mouths,
You’re never going to move into
the luxury homes you have built.
You’re never going to drink wine
from the expensive vineyards you’ve planted.
I know precisely the extent of your violations,
the enormity of your sins. Appalling!
You bully right-living people,
taking bribes right and left and kicking the poor when they’re down.
Justice is a lost cause. Evil is epidemic.
Decent people throw up their hands.
Protest and rebuke are useless,
a waste of breath.
Seek good and not evil—
You talk about God, the God-of-the-Angel-Armies,
being your best friend.
Well, live like it,
and maybe it will happen.
Hate evil and love good,
then work it out in the public square.
Maybe God, the God-of-the-Angel-Armies,
will notice your remnant and be gracious.
Now again, my Master’s Message, God, God-of-the-Angel-Armies:
“Go out into the streets and lament loudly!
Fill the malls and shops with cries of doom!
Weep loudly, ‘Not me! Not us, Not now!’
Empty offices, stores, factories, workplaces.
Enlist everyone in the general lament.
I want to hear it loud and clear when I make my visit.”
Woe to all of you who want God’s Judgment Day!
Why would you want to see God, want him to come?
When God comes, it will be bad news before it’s good news,
the worst of times, not the best of times.
Here’s what it’s like: A man runs from a lion
right into the jaws of a bear.
A woman goes home after a hard day’s work
and is raped by a neighbor.
At God’s coming we face hard reality, not fantasy—
a black cloud with no silver lining.
“I can’t stand your religious meetings.
I’m fed up with your conferences and conventions.
I want nothing to do with your religion projects,
your pretentious slogans and goals.
I’m sick of your fund-raising schemes,
your public relations and image making.
I’ve had all I can take of your noisy ego-music.
When was the last time you sang to me?
Do you know what I want?
I want justice—oceans of it.
I want fairness—rivers of it.
That’s what I want. That’s all I want.
I want to try to preach America. Accepting death is not an option anymore. Accepting death is not an option anymore. This scripture is the prophet’s message from God, to a people and a nation who have become too comfortable with other people’s death over and over again. The prophet says, seek good and not evil, and you will live. The logic there is seek evil and not good, and you will die.
This text, the clash that the leadership at this time was corrupt and the policies were crushing the poor and the vulnerable. The prophet always says to the nation, your choices are killing you. Your leadership is killing your people and your possibilities. And if you desire to be the nation, God would have you to seek good, seek justice, not evil, and live. The prophet Amos is clear that many in the nation and especially its leadership, do not want to hear the raw plain truth. But God says to Amos, you have to share it. There is too much death in the land because systems and people in the political systems are running rough shot over the poor and taking bread right out of their mouth because of greed and political bribery and bullying good people and kicking the poor when they’re down. There’s too much death in the land. All of these actions, God tells Amos to tell the nation are leading to the death of the people and the death of the possibility of the nation. Then the prophet says that this is the kind of injustice that has made some people to feel dead tired, tired of fighting against it to the point that some feel like justice is a lost cause says the scripture, evil as epidemic, decent people are throwing up their hands. And Amos says some even have begun to feel like protest and rebuke are useless and a waste of breath.
America needs to hear the ancient wisdom that comes from this prophetic text. It is a text that is honored by Christians, Jews, and Muslims, and many other faiths alike. It is a call for every nation to take inventory of itself. And to be clear that accepting a necessary on a natural death is no longer an option. The nation should have never accepted it and can surely not accepted anymore. The prophet speaks to make clear that a time of reconstruction, a time of repentance and a time of reckoning has come. This raw truth needs to be heard in this country we call America because America has a long history of death that brings us to this moment we’re in that we’ve never dealt with. When we review this history and match it with the present reality, the Holy Spirit is saying to America, accepting death is not an option anymore.
It was here on these shores that the genocide of indigenous tribes began by colonizers before a nation was ever established. Too many people were too comfortable with other people’s death before America was. Too many people in this land looked the other way at the deaths of first nation and indigenous people. This death was so gruesome that in June of 1864, for instance, civil war hero, Colonel John in Shimmington led a Colorado militia against the black kettle band of Cheyenne and Arapaho, then camped at Sand Creek. They asked the question on a special by PBS called, Who is this Savage, describe how some regular army officers protested that to attack the peaceable village would betray the Amish pledge of safety. Colonel Shimmington ignored them and said, damn in a man who sympathizes with Indians. He said, kill and scalp. All of them, big and little, because nits make lice. He ordered the attack when he was not only a Colonel, but an ordained minister. America, accepting death is no longer an option anymore.
Then there was the Atlantic slave trade, rooted in bad biology that skin color determined, worth, and brain size, sick sociology that people had to exist in a hierarchy, somebody above the other person, evil economics, that the means justify the end and heretical ontology that God intended it and made it like this. And because of this, untold millions died in the ocean between Africa and the Caribbean, and then thousands upon thousands died in the field by the rope and by rape and by gun, and even on the run. From the beginning, the death that slavery created was allowed. It was allowed because of compromises political compromises. That’s why I hate them to the day, political compromises were slave holding states that were written in the constitution.
First, the constitution gave the South a 20 year reprieve against congressional action to stop the international slave trade. This gave the planters time to consolidate their power. It also ensured that 20 years later, commerce in black bodies would generate vast profits for domestic breeders. Too much death. Second, the Southern delegates nixed direct national elections fearing that the larger Northern electorate would leave the South without influence on the scores of Negroes. This is how we got our electoral college in the first place. And this compromised – it allowed, this deaf dealing slavery to continue on. Third, they insisted in the constitution that property in human flesh be counted as three fifths of a person for the purposes of representation in Congress. We fractionized people for political means. This said from the beginning that black lives didn’t matter because they were a fraction of humanity. And then despite their political power and paternalistic pretensions, the planters feared that their supposedly loyal and devoted black family members might rise up and murder them in their beds.
So the Virginians insisted that the constitution guarantee the South’s elaborate system of militias defend against revolt. Hence the fourth concession, every state had a right to a well regulated militia and to keep and to bear arms, hence the second amendment that has allowed all these guns that are now killing black bodies and white bodies and Brown bodies, hence this idea, this very idea that policing was to control a certain population, even if it meant death of that population. And then finally should these slaves patrols and escape North, they put into the constitution the fugitive clause. This required that runaways shall be delivered up on claim of the party to whom such labor service may do, defining all Americans, whether you agreed with it or not, as slave catchers for the South and the death-dealing reality of slavery, all of the death caused by slavery.
Even the civil war never had to be, if there had not been a compromise on the equal, equal humanity of all people. America, accepting death, isn’t an option anymore. This is a hard truth about our history, our history that’s so marred in death, industrialization and the abuse of children in factories, not having protection for workers caused so much death. Late in the 18th century, viruses and disease breakout. And instead of dealing with the viruses, the Chinese were blamed, which led to deaths that didn’t have to be. In 1918, the flu broke out. The flu broke out and the president refused to properly acknowledge it. Instead, he tried to blame it on the Spanish people, tried to blame it on them. And his ineptness contributed to the death of 675,000 people. America, accepting death isn’t an option anymore. Later on, another virus hit, dysteria, and instead of dealing with dysteria, the work of many politicians was to blame it on India, India, people from India. We’ve had a long history of this. The Irish were charged with bringing cholera to the United States in 1832. Later, the Italians were stigmatized for polio. Tuberculosis was called the Jewish disease. The entire discourse of the 19th and 20th century politics was saturated with attacks on immigrants as diseased intruders to the body politic. Rather than dealing with the death, there was an attempt to blame it. And in the blaming process, it only allowed the death to expand. Lynching, at the turn of the century and the refusal to have a law against them, allowed black men to be hung on an average of one per day from 1900s until the 1930s. Race riots in cities like Wilmington and Tulsa against black communities and black World War I vets, carried out by citizens and sworn officers of the law and carried out by members of the national guard, created so much death.
Post-World War II doctrine of plausible deniability has allowed the U S to back and support the death of millions around the world as to sustain the so called American way of life. The Iraq body count has documented 288,000 deaths in Iraq alone since the U S invasion in 2003, some say more, all of it based on lies that caused death, America accepting death. It isn’t an option anymore. We’ve tried it and it didn’t work. We cannot ignore all of this unnecessary and uncommon death in our national history. We can’t ignore it if we’re going to understand this moment, because far too often, all of this death was accepted by far too many. And we still have too much death today, too many people, too comfortable with other people’s deaths. Even before we got to COVID and police violence, there was a “DM”, death measurement in every piece of public policy. 140 million poor and low wealth people in this country. Before COVID, 43% of this nation, 66 million white, 26 million black, but 61% of all black people.
And we knew before COIVD that 700 people were dying a day from poverty and low wealth. A quarter million people a year. Seven people died from vaping and we had congressional hearings, presidential briefings. 700 people dying from poverty and not a word in our political debates, not a hearing, not a briefing. America accepting death is not an option anymore, 80 million people in this country without health insurance or under insured and thousands die every year because of the denial of healthcare, 4 million people who get up every morning and buy analytic gas and can’t buy unleaded water. And people die from the poison in their water. 53 cents of every discretionary dollar being spent on war and the war economy and less than 16 cents on infrastructure and healthcare and education. And if you go down each of these policies, you can measure death. There’s a DM, there’s a death measurement in every piece of regressive public policy. According to the CDC, black women, over 30 or four to five, more likely to die during pregnancy or childbirth compared to white women.
This ought not be according to the data compiled by the APM research lab. Blacks are 2.4 times as likely to die from COVID-19 than whites. Not because they’re black, but because of the systemic racism that denies healthcare and denies, clean air and clean water. Blacks make up 13% of the U S population. But 25% of the deaths. Over 3000 deaths annually are attributed to the particulate pollution from coal fire power plants, with poor communities and communities of color bearing the brunt. Blacks are three times more likely to die from particulate air pollution. The percentage of black children suffering from asthma – George Floyd had asthma. The percentage of black children suffering from asthma is nearly double of whites and death rate is 10 times higher, extreme heat causes more deaths annually in the U S than all the other extreme weather events combined. And the rate of heat related deaths in African American communities is 150 to 200% greater than that of whites
Too much death. Before COVID-19, native and indigenous people, those people that have already been through genocide, their life expectancy was five and a half years less than the national average. The Indian health services came out of a treaty obligation to provide health care to tribes in exchange for their land. The people had to give up their land just to get healthcare. It predates Medicaid and Medicare, but it has always been underfunded. In other words, we stole their land and never gave them what they deserved when they never should have had to give up their land in the first place. And their healthcare is only funded at 16 cents on the dollar that is required to meet the need of indigenous people and during COVID, this COVID-19 pandemic, native and indigenous deaths account for the second highest death rate in the country behind African-Americans. And the Navajo nation has one of the highest death rates, if not the highest per capita death rate, far too much death, and $8 billion has been allocated on the cares that for, for the 574 legally recognized tribes in this country.
And while this is insufficient, given the historic in the inequities, even worse is that none of these resources have been sent out yet. All of these stats and figures are unnecessary and unfounded on unnatural deaths during COVID. The negligent response of the government has caused thousands of unfounded, unnecessary debt, forcing poor, low wage workers, which we now call essential, to work without giving them the centrals they needed. This need has caused thousands of unnecessary death, passing three rescue bills in Congress that gave trillions of relief to the corporations and the banks. 84% of all the money went to corporations and banks, but no guarantee of healthcare and living wages and sick leave and adequate unemployment and moratoriums on water shut off has caused unnecessary and unnatural deaths. Columbia University said over 69% of the 115 souls we have lost did not have to die.
And then the video of George Floyd. See you can’t understand what’s going on in the street, unless you understand the compounded weight of all this death historically, and in real time. And then with all of that, we see the video of George Floyd, lynching by knee. Eight 46, eight 46, death by racism code six, six, six captured by a 17 year old girl. And now Rashad Brooks falling asleep in a drive through, falling asleep in a drive through not dead when he fell asleep, but then shot dead through his back by running through the belly. And when we all heard, George Floyd said, I can’t breathe. It is as if the democracy itself took a collective gasp. And so many people who have seen so much death said, I can’t breathe either. I can’t breathe called out in compelling shorthand. America’s enduring, systemic racism and poverty that endures because death in virtually every measure of well-being – health care, wages, wealth, unemployment, education, housing, policing, criminal justice, water quality, and environmental safety, all realities that also wreak havoc in poor and low wealth white communities, because we are all inextricably bound together. I know this is hard stuff, America. It’s hard stuff to face about one’s own nation, but until we face it, we can’t repent right. And that’s what Amos was saying to that nation then. And what Amos and the spirit is saying to the America. Some one must not only say the truth, but somebody has to say no more. Accepting death is not an option. Isn’t an option anymore. The wisdom of God, if you continue to read that text through the prophet, is number one. Amos says real truth, telling real truth, telling that in this moment, we need some real truth-telling. Amos said, folks don’t like this kind of hard truth, but somebody has to engage in the radical radical endeavor of telling the truth.
In a season of lies, if we’re going to get better, we need real truth telling real truth, telling that says America, you’re killing yourself. Every nation must be told when she’s killing herself. America must be told, the president, must be told the Congress must be told, governors must be told. Even the church must be told. We must be told the deaths in the past didn’t have to be. And many of the deaths in the present don’t have to be. They are the results of our failure to live up to the creed that all people are created equal. They are the results of systemic injustice. And as James Baldwin insisted, they can be changed when it comes to structures of our common life. He said, we made this world we’re living in and we must make it over again. And we have to tell this hard truth.
If we’re going to turn from all this death, we need real truth telling, but not only that. When a nation is facing unnecessary and a natural death, there must be a response of the people. There must be a refusal to accept easy answers and a refusal to just go along to get along. So Amos says, God says, we need real lamenting. Did you see it there? In the text? God says, I need a remnant that will cry in the street and refuse to be comforted. We need from the place of deep love, deep love of humanity. We need public tears and public outcry everywhere. Jesus said, we need love laborers. Amos said, we need real lamentors. I believe that’s what we’re seeing today in our streets. And it has to keep going – public morning, morning, rooted in deep love, mourning rooted in the reality that people still believe things don’t have to be this way.
And things can be changed. People saying, this is not right. There must be a wailing. There must be a crying out. There must be a refusal to just pass over all this death. The text says, God says, I want everybody to cry. The text says, I want everybody to mourn, I want everybody to lament. I want everybody to say something is wrong. And if everybody won’t do it, I need a remnant that’ll do it and will not ever give up and never accept as it is. In fact, the text says, God will only help us when God hears that we are sick and tired of this injustice, and God doesn’t know we’re sick and tired of it. As a nation, we’re sick and tired of all this unnecessary death. Until he hears a lament, until he hears a cry, until he hears a wailing, until he hears a repenting, repenting coming up from the street that shuts down the factories and shuts down the citizens shuts down the mall. We need lamenting in this nation, real lamenting that says we can’t have it anymore. Accepting death is not an option anymore. And then thirdly, we need real reconstruction. We must turn away from death and towards life. In every aspect of our life together, we must recognizing that death is no longer an option. This means demanding a reconstruction and a reordering of our nation away from death, to where we are a nation fully committed to what we declare – life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We need real reconstructing of society rooted in the deep moral values of our faith and of the constitution facing a society that has had such a lethal history. God, America you’ve had such a lethal history. We must face the fact that the history and the character of our nation carved out chasms of racial brutality and economic exportation carved them out into the body politic. And because of this policy tinkering, we will not heal.
If this nation wants to live, God says through Amos to us, 2,600 years later, we must let justice roll down like waters and righteousness, like a mighty stream. That’s the answer in the text. That’s the answer to living rather than dying – justice. You see his life, when policies and actions are rooted in justice, they bring life. Justice is the antithesis of deadly policies – justice, and love woven together. That’s the answer. That’s the antibiotic for all of this death, Dr. King once said justice is the only absolute guarantee against riots. And long before Dr. King, Amos said, don’t accept death, but let justice roll down like water. Not parades, not Memorial services, not a bunch of religious things, but justice. That’s the only way out of this in America. I’m here to say the time to stop accepting all this death and let justice roll down like waters is right now.
Racism in all forms, healthcare denial in all forms, it’s wrong. It’s death dealing. It is now time to let justice roll down like waters. And if we did this, we could live. If we recognize that this virus, for instance, Coronavirus is giving power because what epidemiologists call the wounds and the fissures of our society that come from racism and poverty, that the virus is not that powerful in and of itself, but it’s given power because of the wounds created by racism and poverty. And if we recognize that and if Congress would repent and lament and go back and say, we messed up in the first three bills, but we’re going to pass a fourth bill. And that fourth bill is going to have healthcare for everybody and living wages for everybody and sick leave, right? Everybody and unemployment for everybody. And everybody’s going to have the PPEs that need, and we’re going have rent forgiveness and moratoriums on utilities shut off.
Then we could live. But if we don’t fix these fishes, fix these wounds. Death is still haunting us. If we decided to love life and see life as more important than power, life, more important than less life, more important than hate. If we no longer turn the other way, when black folk were killed or Muslims were killed or Jewish people were killed or trans people were killed or gay people were killed, if we choose the life than we can live, if justice rolls down like waters and righteousness, like a mighty stream, if we instituted fair elections and restricted the influence of big money in our politics, we could transition to automated online voter registration and give life to our democracy. If we would pay people a living wage, we w\could immediately remove 49 million people who would come up out of poverty and put $320 billion into the economy.
And if we implemented a housing wage that says, if you, if you got to at least be able to afford a house, if you work, we would raise, pay for 83 million workers by more than a trillion dollars. And this would give life to our household and revive our economy. If we ended mass incarceration, we would significantly reduce the 179 billion that currently goes to policing and courts and prisons. This would give life to our communities and raise resources to secure housing for all. If we stop pouring money and resources into a border wall, we could move that 24 billion into our children’s K through 12 education and give life to their dreams. If we cancel one military contract, we could have $25 billion to expand Medicaid in the 14 States that haven’t done it. This would mean life for millions of people in those States who are uninsured.
If we counsel a different military contract, we would have more than enough resources to put toward expanding our water infrastructure and creating 945,000 jobs. Instead of putting those resources in war, we would support life because water is life. If we restructured police departments and redirected resources and demand to protect and serve, rather than shoot and kill, we would see life. If we cut $350 billion from the military budget and close some of the 800 bases we have around the world, we would make the world a safer place. And with those resources could, they could be put toward ensuring healthcare for all. And our democracy could live. If we had put $6.4 trillion that we’ve poured into endless Wars since 9/11. If we had put that money into the green energy, we would have built a renewable energy grid by now with nearly $2 trillion to spare and our planet would live.
If we restore the corporate tax rate to what it was before the massive cut, our democracy would live. We could raise $130 billion a year. This would be more than enough resources to fund a hundred billion. We need to provide early childcare and education for every child in this country. This is the way of life. If we just instituted a tiny tax on wall street trade, we would raise more than $70 billion. We need to invest in free public college for all. If we implemented a wealth tax on the richest households in the country, we could raise $275 billion a year. If we put this toward fixing our public infrastructure, it would create 2.5 million green jobs. If we taxed inherited welfare, that we would raise $78 billion a year. This would give life to programs designed to narrow the racial gap. If we decided, if we decided that murder is murder and that we’re not going to cover it up now, we’re not going to politicize it.
We’re not going to be a nation that addresses the killing of a dog faster than we address the killing of a person. If we would do these things, we would have life. But Amos says through, as God tells Amos, you got to let justice roll down like water. You can’t have a little tweak here and there. You can’t have a little reform in over here. You can’t pass a moderate bill that gets politicized. And we come down to nothing. No, no. Let justice roll down like waters. Let there be a thorough going restructuring towards America, America. Why don’t you try to mercy in your public policy? Why don’t you try love? Why don’t you try redemption? Why don’t you track grace? Why don’t you try truth? Why, why don’t you try that rather than try revenge. Let justice roll down like waters. This means deeply committed, serious work, like a rushing mighty stream that reconstructs, everything opens up new territory.
When a rushing stream comes through, it restructures everything. Nothing is the same. When rushing water comes through, rushing water moves, everything moves all the dead stuff, and it brings life with it. And I’m telling you, that’s the only way we’ve had the life we’ve had in this nation. It looked like slavery’s death sinners had the last word, but black and white abolitionists came together with Quakers and radical evangelicals. And they found some allies in Lincoln Republicans, and they freed the slaves who were willing to fight for Liberty. And they took the promises of the constitution and added the 13th, 14th and 15th amendment. And it came through like rushing, rushing water and pro life. It looked like the redemption movement and Jim Crow had keel the promises of equal protection under the law. But World War II vets who had fought for democracy in Europe, linked up with preachers who knew the prophet Amos and black students and white students started sitting together and see the Chavez and Martin Luther King and Rabbi Heschel, they all got together with Rosa Parks and they marched together and they built a civil rights campaign. And it was the second reconstruction in America. And it came through like rushing water. Well, I stopped by today to say, it might look like death is winning. When we watch a police officer choke the life out of a fellow human on TV, or when we see someone shot in the back or when we see white supremacy emboldened by the actions all the way from the top to the top of our government, but through the eyes of Amos, I see something else happening. Look with me for a minute at the news. Look for me with the eyes of Amos, with the anointing Amos. Go with me to a church in Eastern Kentucky, where I’ve been, where I’ve seen white coal miners and black folk from Louisville, connecting up with LGBTQ people to say no to the deadliness of racism and classmen.
Go stand with me. As I was a few weeks ago, the months ago, down in the middle of the Rio Grande river, just for a minute where undocumented folk held a vigil and clergy surrounded them and wouldn’t let the border patrol touch them. I saw justice rolling lack a mighty string. Look real close, look real, real close at the protesters in the street. And now they’re declaring. We will not accept death any more. Look at me at the streams that are coming together, the black and the white and the Brown and the gay and the straight and the Jews and the Muslims and the Christian. Look at them and look at how long they’re staying. Not one day, not two days, but days and weeks. They’re saying we won’t accept this death anymore. Next week. Look at me at the streams that are coming together on June 20th, to build the broadest coalition of national justice organizations and state and grow grassroots for poor people of all different races, colors, and creeds come in together from every state in this nation, lifting up an agenda for a third reconstruction on June 20, 2020.
I’m telling you, I’m telling you, there’s the possibility of the water. Plus the steel flowing. We need real truth. We need real lamenting, and we need real reconstructing of this society. If America’s ready to say accepting death is not an option anymore, it better be, it better be him. The only way we’re going to do it, the only way we’re going to move this history of death and continuation of death is to let justice roll down like waters and righteousness, like a mighty stream. I heard a poet say it like this streams of living justice lit streams of living justice flow down upon the earth gift. Freedom’s light to captive. Let all the poor have worth the hungry hands are pleading. The workers claim they’re right. The mourners long for laughter the blind at seek for sight. Make Liberty of beacons strike down the iron power abolish ancient vengeance proclaim your people’s hour.
The dreaded disappearance of family and friends, the torture and the silence. The fear that knows no end the mother with her candle, the child who holds a gun, the old one, nursing hatred, all secret released to come. Each candle burned for freedom. Each lights, a tyrants fall, each flower place for modest gifts, tongues to silence, call for healing of the nation for peace. That will not end for love. That makes us love us. God, grant us, grant us grace. And we’ve our varied gifts together. Knit our lives as they are spun on your loom of life. Enroll us till the thread of life is run. Oh great Weaver of our fabric, bind the church and world in one dye, texture with your radiants. Let our colors with your led light. Our colors with your son. Your city is built for music. We are the stones. You see your harmony is language. We are the words you speak. Our faith. We find in service. I hope in others’ dreams. I love in hand of neighbor, our Homeland bright lit greens in scribe. Our hearts with justice, your way, your way, and scribe our hearts with justice. Your way, your way, the path, the path untried, let justice, let justice roll down like waters and we’re live. We’re live. We’re live. We’re live. Decide America. This side this day decide that accepting death is not isn’t an option anymore. Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness, like a mighty scream stream. And we, we will live. God help us. God help us if we don’t, but God bless us. God will bless us. God will bless us if we do amen.