The song takes on an alternative version of the past, with Fiasco imagining a history devoid of racism and black people employed as paid workers rather slaves. "I just started thinking, 'What if things had gotten off on a totally different foot?,'" explained the rapper in publicity materials. "What if they just came over to Africa and said, 'We want you guys to work for us.'"
"Won't Get Fooled Again" by The Who is about a revolution, but it doesn't have a happy ending, since in the end the new regime becomes just like the old one. Pete Townshend thought that whoever was in power was destined to become corrupt.