Black Poetry : AND THEY CALL US SAVAGES

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  1. garlicsalt99

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    AND THEY CALL US SAVAGES

    Billie Holiday wrote a song and titled it "Strange Fruit"
    What is stranger still, those who inspired the song took strange fruit
    And displayed my brothers and sisters in the air on strange lifts
    Like ornaments hung from a Christmas tree taking body parts as gifts
    And just like hyenas and other scavengers taking from those veneers
    They took parts of our brothers and sisters and kept them as souvenirs
    Making their sons watch as our people gagged, gasped, kicked and twitched
    And by their fathers they were told "this is life" ... or so it was pitched
    They made a sport of hunting and killing our people just because they could
    Leaving bodies to hang, burn and rot as a message that they would-
    Neglect to hesitate to do the same to those who spoke in their defense
    Furthering an agenda of showing off belligerent ignorance
    Such measures people went through to make us feel less than
    Attempting to take our dissenting no's, turning us into a collective yes man
    I find it very interesting that a people who manages-
    To barter in such brutality have the audacity to call us savages

    In the land of our ancestry we had culture and refinement
    The inexperienced learned from the elders and our values were in alignment
    We lived off of the land and we bartered ... nothing taken on consignment
    We lived free until the toubob came and locked us in confinement
    They chained and fettered us and marched us as far as a thousand miles, if not more
    Taking us from the land to the strange vessels that lined the shore
    In what for many would be death marches to a departure of ocean splashage
    Only to have many more die during the voyage of the middle passage
    Brought to this country and stripped of our native linen-
    To a land where we we're considered property, and not men and women
    To be murdered, raped, mutilated and castrated
    To be thought of as three-fifths of a person, cast aside and hated
    Taken from places that our ancestors erected
    To be strangers in a strange land to be used abused and disrespected
    Not realizing that we had our own proverbs and adages-
    When they came and took us from out land ... who then are the savages?

    Brought here to be a staple of the American social commissary
    By those who instigate a bleak and dismal social commentary
    Willing to live among us so long as we're subjugated
    But when we start demanding those certain unalienable rights they want to be segregated
    So long as we're choppin' cotton and pickin' tobacco for free, and for that matter know our place
    Be treated less than human, disrespected, and spat in the face
    Be their n!!gger, boy, uncle, ainty, coon and darky
    Everything is honky dory and life is electric and sparky
    It's when our people stand up to be that woman and that man
    That we see deviant mob groups like the Ku Klux Klan
    Burning crosses, desecrating our places of worship and our homes
    So ingrained with hatred it's almost as if it's in their chromosomes
    Rallying around the notion of the white right and the good
    Valiant protectors of the virtuous white womanhood
    While projecting on us the negatives of being us and all of its perceived disadvantages
    Beat, brutalized and maligned by the very ones who call us savages

    The 1919 eruption of a Nebraska town
    Which culminated in the burning of the body of William Brown
    Accused of "assaulting" a white woman while riding an elevator
    An allegation which fed a mob to which those preconceptions would cater
    1954 and the beating of the 12 year old Emmit Till
    Men came and kidnapped him from his Grandfathers home and beat him at will
    Tying his body to a fan and disposing of him in a river
    All for whistling at a white woman with no harm at all to deliver
    James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, 1964
    Freedom summer of the civil rights era, when racial tensions were sore
    When their bodies were discovered many a writer wrote-
    That they were killed by the Klan for registering people to vote
    Time and again, those on the outside who project on us a negative image
    Are those who turn red with rage, instigating a re-occurring racial scrimmage
    They perpetrate the acts that caused many stitches and bandages
    Funny ... These are the people who call us savages

    Written by: Charles
    © 2010
     
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    In the Spirit of Sankofa and Real Truth!

    AND THEY CALL US SAVAGES...unbelievable, coming from the strangers




    Funny ... These are the people who call us savages



    :teach: garlicsalt99 :teach:

     
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    man you drip some purity here ..........
     
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    Clyde and RICH ... thank you for the read

    To all the other eyes that have read this piece ... thank you too for the read
     
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    Not a problem, garlicsalt99, you are a genuine wordsmith.

     
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    word up........ just giving some love to a worthy piece
     
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    Beautiful post!!! This line almost made my eyes water, " I find it very interesting that a people who manages-
    To barter in such brutality have the audacity to call us savages
    You are soo insightful and spiritual. I love this piece. It could almost become a short story.
     
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