"Choice Of Colors" as written by and Curtis Mayfield....
If you had a choice of colors
Which one would you choose my brothers
If there was no day or night
Which would you prefer to be right

How long have you hated your white teacher
Who told you, you love your black preacher
Do you respect your brother's woman friend
And share with black folks not of kin

People must prove to the people
A better day is coming, for you and for me
With just a little bit more education
And love for our nation
Would make a better society

Now some of us would rather cuss and make a fuss
Than to bring about a little trust
But we shall overcome our beliefs someday
If you'll only listen to what I have to say

And how long have you hated your white teacher
Who told you, you love your black preacher
Can you respect your brother's woman friend
And share with black folks not of kin

I say now people must prove to the people
A better day is coming for you and for me
With just a little bit more education
And love for our nation
Would make a better society

And if you had a choice of colors
Which one would you choose my brothers
If there was no day or night
Which would you prefer to be right
And if you had a choice of colors
Which one would you choose my brothers
If there was no day or night
Which would you prefer to be right
If you had a choice of colors
Which one would you choose my brothers


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"Choice of Colors" as written by Curtis Mayfield

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    General CommentInstead of looking inward, it looks outward at society. The song is about civil rights and takes a very bold stance. He sings to African Americans, telling them to make sure and be a part of the solution and not the problem. The lyrics are a calm approach to race boundaries. Mayfield is not being negative or spiteful. His calmness and rationality make it next to impossible to argue with him. He comes across as knowing exactly what he is talking about.
    Milaon March 16, 2007   Link

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