Black Poetry : BLACK MAN FAILING SAGA: Have WE Failed YOU

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  1. baller

    baller Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    They say the Black Man has failed his Family

    HAVE THEY?

    ask the Black Woman.

    MY SISTAHZ...HAVE WE FAILED YOU?

    have we failed to convey
    to the sons of our community
    the sum of their
    RESPONSIBILITY
    ...the essence of decency in
    MANHOOD
    when considering the common good
    of the BLACK FAMILY
    in this repressive society

    YES

    then we've failed our family
    ...and our community
     
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    MsDLite Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    hmmm...

    the "sagas"....all very interesting...

    i think that i will responded to this one first (as you know i will respond to them all)...

    with the black family being such a dear and near subject for me... experiential and observational...(my two cents)

    i really want to ask the question
    "why do you do this, black man?"
    it's been asked before...
    answers...
    i am tired of this or that {can you change the situation}
    i want my freedom {and imprision someone else}
    my father wasn't at home {the cycle continues}
    i want something new {create newness}

    and the list can go on, and on...

    if the community has not helped you
    taught you responsibility...manhood...
    then how can you pass this on...to another
    "son" who needs to know his role in his family
    and this (crazy) society...?

    who has failed who?~

    (a woman teaches about son about being a man?)
     
  3. baller

    baller Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    if one of US has failed...

    then, we've all FAILED.
    ...failed to teach our SONS properly
    ...failed to love our WOMEN respectfully
    ...failed to know ourselves...lovingly
    and our community pays the price
    for, no one else, in this society
    separates us from our unity
    but US.

    MAY I OFFER MY HEARTFELT APOLOGIES, ON BEHALF OF THE BROTHERHOOD, FOR OUR WRONG DEEDS. PLEASE, forgive me.
     
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    Da Street So'ja Banned MEMBER

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    we haven't had it easy

    especially on the mind
    our thought process
    we are programmed

    not making excuses
    but saying
    it hasn't been easy
    and remember they used to separate families at a "time"
    break the man down
    and the family goes with it
    hence the present day chaos

    peace
    and

    love as always

    DSS
     
  5. baller

    baller Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    So'ja/Kemetstry...

    NO...we haven't had it easy, and
    YES...we've made mistakes along the way.
    DO WE CONTINUE MAKING MISTAKES BECAUSE WE'VE MADE THEM IN THE PAST?

    the old adage, TO EACH ONE, TEACH ONE...may apply
    just as IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO RAISE A CHILD...applies.

    with that in mind, do we continue to allow the system to raise our kids...or do we wanna take the reigns?

    One.
     
  6. sekou kasimu

    sekou kasimu PanAfrikanist Revolutionary MEMBER

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    Who is this "they" that you speak of?
     
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    baller Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    There was a survey done by some group, back in 2000/2001. I was living in Colorado at the time. I read about the survey in a magazine. The survey took place in Mississippi...and surveyed x-number of single mothers, I believe. Over seventy-percent of those women (black women) said the black man had failed them. Being from Mississippi, initially, I took offense with that. However, after reading more...and doing some research, it moved me to write a series of poems about it.

    "They," in this case, was a group of our sisters...who, because of their circumstances, felt that we had failed them.
     
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    I am tired of hearing this BS. I heard it on the bus last night! A Sister said there were no good men. I asked who was the first teachers of these men you speak of. She didn't want to have that discussion.
     
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