Black Poetry : Blak folks and Flags

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  1. blakverb

    blakverb Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I know that Crispus Attucks
    died for it and they made a
    movie of us dying for it /and we still
    don't have any GLORY and blak people
    still want to die for it and cry for it
    and I ask why?
    I see our advances that so many died
    for had to take chances for and so
    many mothers were left sonless for /
    yet we still behind / and we built the
    land it's pole is planted in / and I can't
    help but to think some have been duped
    again and have been bent over and
    done again by mass CONfusion
    so many have been conned into thinking that
    we have been fully fused into this
    American dream / symbolized by
    OLD GLORY the red, the white, and the blue
    which symbolizes freedom...the
    freedom to be suppressed, oppressed,
    without redress as a people...Sure Oprah has made it,
    and Michael has made it, and Bill has made it,
    and Robert Johnson has made it (even ithough he's selling
    it)...while Jesse has been killed and filled outlines
    on the battlegrounds of the hood, and Arletha
    has been tricked into thinking that her body
    is everyone's temple for a fee and it confuses me when
    I see blak folks smiling and grinning waving a
    **** flag...and I know that we are accountable for
    our own actions...and if that's the case why are
    blak folks waving that **** flag?
    History reminds us that we built this CONtry and
    get no credit and it will stay that way if
    we let it / current trends tell us that race ism
    still tells us that because of our melanin
    the symbol ISM of the flag relegates us to
    last place status and our fast twitch muscle count
    tells me that we're genetically the fastest
    yet we first in line to wave that **** flag /
    So I wring the flag out to drink the blues
    to give fuel to my soul when I sing
    my blues cause it soothes me and keeps me
    focused on this symbolic hocus pocus of the
    rag called old glory that is waved by so many blak folks/
    whose wavering hypnotizes too many blak folk
    as if they're snakes chilling in a basket / while I
    look in the casket of another brother whose is
    adorned in bullets by the boys in blue who are supported
    by the red, the white, and the blue /
    and I stand amazed at how we again, as we always do,
    accept the pain of our oppressors as if it's ours/
    "yes boss, we's sick today" and wave that flag in
    full patriotISM caught up in this
    mental capitalism and they still get more blak dollars
    than blak businesses do/cause too many of us
    pay more attention too the tattered edges of
    that **** flag...than the frayed edges of our
    bendera that was caused by that **** flag and
    what it symbolizes/ and I'm tired of this terrorists
    ****...lets's go convict who killed Diallo and the many
    brothers and sisters like him...let's go find the
    terrorists that wreak terror on our blak
    psyche...you'll find 'em handing you blak folks
    flags to wave, along with crack sacks and guns
    for fun to wreak terror on one another..............
    brother, put that **** flag down.

    (c)2001 blakverb "off da top thinkin"

    Yes this is one of the best countries to live in relatively speaking, but ya'll know this thing we live in here is jacked up. I wonder if all those black folks waving those flags were as spirited in protest when our "CONtry tis' of thee" refused to attend the Durban international conference on RACISM. Hmmm...I guess they are model citizens.
     
  2. $$RICH$$

    $$RICH$$ Lyon King Admin. STAFF

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    man

    u broke it down to the last line
    verb u hit home like a mutha!!!
    **** now i wonder about this u. s. of A
    we did build it yet not notice.....wow!
     
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    blakverb Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Brother $$RICH$$,

    thanks blakman!!!

    BLAK
     
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    Blak ... you know, not everyone is brave enough to stand up and say these things ... thinking we may be further persecuted, for being so selfish during this time, as to think of ourselves and our own plight in this country ... thinking the right and proper thing to do, as an American, is to support our government and all that they do ... trusting that what they're doing is in our best interest ... in spite of what history has shown us ... we hope ... maybe this time ... after this war ... after more of our sons and daughters die displaying their patriotism for this country ... maybe then they will consider all of our contributions ... and favor us as the 'chosen minority' ... maybe ... one day ... if we'd just be quiet and wave our flag ...

    Very Nice Work

    Destee
     
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    Verb.....

    You've brought it on home......Speak da truth!

    Epiphany:heart:
     
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    My RoYaL BLak-NeSs....


    ...someone told me to get ova here and read
    this ASAP!! well... not really... but they asked if
    i'd peeped it yet... & i knew what that meant! :)

    i wish i could respond as eloquent-ly as some
    of those before me... but all i can really say... is
    that You always bringin' truth. you are one of
    the Purest Poets i have had the pleasure of
    knowing... & ThatsReal Blak Man! don't you eva
    stop doin' what you do!!

    OneLuv.
    Ga~
     
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    Strong Verb. interesting take. Thanks for your thoughts.

    BE
     
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    Blakverb

    Yes, this is hard-hitting and uncomfortable for many to 'hear'...but you bring to the foreground some fundamental issues that have always been a part of the "fabric" of the American flag. It ain't "our country, right or wrong", for the Black man. It can't be! ~ wrongs were perpetrated against us in this country even at a time when America was busy 'policing' the Viet-namese (et.al....)

    America has done wrong....on many fronts. And on a basic level it's simple: for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. And while I abhor the carnage and mourn the innocent Americans who have died....

    I ain't for my son going NOwhere to fight this war. They gonna have to come up on my block and get theres.

    Feelin you.

    a
     
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    UbZoRbShUn Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I've said this once and I'll say it again off tha top ma ***. Bring it on home blakman. The other day someone at my job offered me an American flag. I told her no thank you. I explained to my Latin sista that I was not very patriotic, being that my people were brought to this country against their will. Explained to my Latin sista that it was on the backs of "US" that this very country was founded, but we can't get a home loan to save our lives, are looked at twice as hard when we apply for credit.

    In our neighborhoods there are twice as many liqour stores and less schools. That we are paid less for the same jobs that others are paid for. I also said that "WE" always have to fight for equality and it's an uphill never ending battle. Our men are constantly harrased by the same people that are here to 'Protect and serve. I also explained to her that we have always fought for the CONtre always like shery said. Why should this time be any different. Told her that I was tired of turnin' on the game and hearing "America the Beautiful" blaring. It's hard saying this country is beautiful when people are starving in the nations capital, hell practically on the White House Lawn even, how our schools are understaffed and why our children score less than average on standardized test which are culturally biased.

    I took a breath and told the sista no thank you. Like you verb, I wouldn't want to live anyplace else, but damit it is jacked up.


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    peeps at my job print copies and sear the portraits onto their shirts... i prefer fubu.

    jh.
     
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