Black people in the urban area one

from Common – A Letter to the Law on Rap Genius


Read descriptively, this line suggests that black people are united (i.e. “one”) by their common experiences in often racially-zoned urban settings.

Read as an injunctive, Common is directly addressing black people in urban areas and is saying “One” to them which is short for “One Love”. It is combination of a proclamation and command,“I love you, but you must also show love/empathy toward each other”

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