"Don't Call Me White" as written by and Mike Burkett....
Don't call me white, don't call me white
Don't call me white, don't call me white
The connotations wearing my nerves thin
Could it be semantics generating the mess we're in?

I understand that language breeds stereotype
But what's the explanation for the malice, for the spite?
Don't call me white, don't call me white
Don't call me white, don't call me white
I wasn't brought here, I was born
Circumcised, categorized, allegiance sworn
Does this mean I have to take such shit
For being fair skinned? No!

I ain't a part of no conspiracy, I'm just you're average joe
Don't call me white, don't call me white
Don't call me white, don't call me white
Represents everything I hate
The soap shoved in the mouth to cleanse the mind
The vast majority of sheep

A buttoned collar, starched and bleached
Constricting veins, the blood flow to the brain slows
They're so fuckin ordinary white
Don't call me white, don't call me white
Don't call me white, don't call me white
Oh, we're better off this way?
Oh, say what you're gonna say

So go ahead and label me an asshole
'cause I can
Accept responsibility for what I've done
But not for who I am
Don't call me white, don't call me white
Don't call me white, don't call me white


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"Don't Call Me White" as written by Mike Burkett

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  • +7
    General CommentIt's a song about prejudice...labeling an entire group derrogratorily (sp?) due to skin color...in this case white. We should not pay for the sins of our ancestors (who may or may not have shared negative views); doing so would be little different than if we charge parents for the crimes of their teens, negating the fact that individuals will often use their free will to think and do as they please. What's sad is that racists/prejudice knows no boundaries. There are bigots in every race; ethic group; religious group or lack of religious faith; etc. This song is sad...
    Jeffreystumpon July 04, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentManifest Destiny was thought of in the early 1800's, before most Eastern Europeans and Asain immigrants came here. The majority of people that moved out into Indian lands were native born whites (other than some of the northern Midwestern states which were inhabited by a great deal of German and Dutch immigrants). We would have relocated the Indians reguardless of the large Irish and German populations in the cities because of economic interests. I know you're like 18 but check your facts before you try to prove people wrong.
    myonlylighton March 16, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentiiiii like it :D
    em2000on May 11, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI always thought it was about people thinking all white americans are indian bashers, so if thats the way its gonna be just dont call me white 'I wasnt brought here I was born' 'I aint part of no conspiracy I'm just your average joe'
    xThePunishedxon September 13, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIf I'm on a bus and someone is close enough that they can read the screen on my ipod, they're getting punched in the face. lol.
    chucktownbluvon April 29, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI always thought "Is it semantics generating the mess we're in?"
    Was "Is it some magic generatin' the mess we're in?"
    ZeroXFallenon March 19, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthaha kinda reminds me of my friend... he's always like "is it because im white? is that it?" lol he's the best
    xxkrash182xxon May 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like this song :)
    foreignmanon May 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthella cool song
    brysonon May 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song isnt about the skin color white, its about the race..how the stereotype white man-corporation leaders-white colllar jobbers are boring, racist, taking over, and how we are all viewed like this no matter how we are...it actually means something
    ugpunk84on June 05, 2002   Link

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