Our Illinois Boys

“I wish I was in Dixie…”
but not if I were Black.

Born, raised and living in Illinois
The Land of Lincoln
Who freed the slaves

The air is a lot cleaner up here.
North of the Mason-Dixon Line
We have our Racial Problems Sure
But nothing like the Neo-Confederate States
Of today’s United States of America

You can shove your Robert E. Lee
Up Where the Sun Don’t Shine
Stars and Bars too
They should all fit into
Your Big Confederates Arses

U.S. Grant was from Galena Illinois
Our Illinois Boys Lincoln and Grant
Sure Smashed the Confederacy to Hell!

But with Lincoln’s Murder
By a “Southern Gentleman”
They could not put a stake
Through the Heart of that Racist Vampire
Known as the American South

The Confederacy Lives on today
Their Legal Lynching of Black Men
By Lethal Injection
Their shoot to kill policy against Black Boys
In Ferguson Missouri and St. Louis too
The Neo-Confederate States of America

Don’t tell me about the “New South”
I tried to save the lives of 2 Black Men
From being tortured to death
By Jebbie Bush in Florida
Amos King and Johnny Robinson
And Brian Baldwin fried to death by Alabama

You can stick your New South where the Sun don’t shine!
Ditto for your Southern Gentlemen
The same for your Southern Belles

You can all fit together
Into your Big Confederate Arse
Go right ahead and have your Confederate Ball
Sons and Daughters of the Confederacy

How many times do we have to watch
That Racist Garbage “Gone with the Wind” on TV
Makes me want to wretch every time it’s shown

And Ken Burns version of the Civil War
Letting that racist Shelby Foote doing the best he can
To justify the South’s Great Noble Cause
Of warring for slavery
Barf! And barf again!

But our Illinois Boys Lincoln and Grant
Smashed the Confederacy to Hell!
Otherwise, they would still have Slavery
Down South there today.

Thank heavens for our Illinois Boys
Lincoln and Grant
Came to the rescue of our Humanity

University of Illinois Law Professor Francis A. Boyle served as Legal Advisor to the Palestine Liberation Organization on the 1988 Palestinian Declaration of Independence; to the Palestinian Delegation to the Middle East Peace Negotiations from 1991 to 1993; and to H.E. Chairman and President Yasser Arafat. The story is told in his book Palestine, Palestinians and International Law (Clarity Press: 2003). He can be reached at: FBOYLE@LAW.UIUC.EDU. Read other articles by Francis A..