Black Poetry : I hate Africa because....

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  1. mkhaya lo'

    mkhaya lo' Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I hate Africa because it hates it'self
    I hate Africa because we abort peace every
    time we concieve it. I hate the way a boy is
    a man and a girl is a woman and we have no
    fathers and mothers anymore but boys and girls
    of child.

    I hate Africa because boys understand how to shoot
    a gun before they understand puberty and girls.
    I hate Africa becuase we are poor when we are rich
    and blinded by greed and malice,envy,liars,corruption
    anger,bitterness to oppress our own brothers and sisters
    whom through black glowing skin shining from the sweat
    of hard work or the sweat of fear or the sweat of selling
    the only thing many women know how to sell,lust.

    I hate africa because we die of aids and many other
    stinking,disgusting,revolting diseases that come
    the dead from underneath the ground that shakes with evey
    gunshot,bomb and stampede of innocence running towards guilt
    to be caught in crossfire at crossroads of choosing to live
    a life of death or be dead and return to the earth so that God
    may try again to create Africa.I hate Africa,because we are mis-
    understood amongst western civilasations who try to understand
    us-us the cannibals,barbarians,animal like creatures who look
    like soil, yet look like them. I hate Africa because we have no
    money to rescue ourselves. I hate Africa because I cannot escape
    it. I was sentenced to life when I was born an African.It is
    me.

    Why do I hate myself then. How can I be loved by others
    If I cannot love myself? I must love myself. I must give
    reasons why, there must be something to love.

    Mkhaya lo' [Oct' 2000]

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  2. mkhaya lo'

    mkhaya lo' Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    thank you for your honesty sherykah, though I must ask, is the grass really greener on the other side?

    lo'
     
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    Joyce Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Mkhaya lo'

    In reading your poem, I know definitely that the grass in NOT greener on the other side. In fact, we have a lot more weeds to be pulled up here. We definitely need to start using more weeder killer (discernment and common sense) or them weed gon choke a lot of us to death.

    I too, thank you for the reality check. May the light remain on at the end of the tunnel. If there is breath...there is hope.
     
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    mkhaya lo' Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I am humbled by your responses and indeed I hope this can be a bit of that history lesson we never get to learn at school. I am really greateful to have a family like this one...even though we are miles apart, I feel as if we share a common space.

    lo'
     
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    Queen,

    this is a deep, deep piece. we as africans, all of us. have and know experiences similar to what you mention. here in this "alleged" democracy we call the USA are many, many issues that we as africans, american and continental, face. we as a whole need to focus our energies on the entire diasporas issues so that we can all live the life that was meant for us to live. the things you mention can be found in any inner city in this country. it is a heavy ans sad state we exist in, but exist we must to find a future for our people that is full of hope and joy. I thank you for blessing the house with this piece.

    blakverb
     
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    The reality that you have recognized the disparities of Africa means that you do know where to start, and knowing in and of itself is a start. Please know that you are not alone in your sentiments and that many black Americans feel many of the same grievances that you share but we must all learn to trust in God to lead and show us how to change the things that we can and accept the things that we cannot.
     
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    HORRIFIED!

    I am angered and saddened by this piece, I avoided it for many days not wanting to see yet another depreciating piece of self hatred. Aren't there enough people out there judging and hating us without us hating ourselves? I understand your premise and the rhetorical questions. I just feel horrified that we still feel that way when we should be seeking solutions and resolutions .
    Not dissolutions! How can we give up on ourselves when we have so far to go. I know that this is not a perfect world , and it will never be until we learn that we must change our definition of ourselves and our heritage. I am always amazed at the diverse
    spectrum of emotions , from feeling superior to African-Americans, to feeling selfhatred!!!!!!!! SOUNDS LIKE MASSIVE CONFUSION
    I pray you find your answers and I pray you find your peace.
    BLESSINGS ON ALL OUR HOUSES. FOR WITHIN AND WITHOUT
    WE CREATE THE REALITY THAT BECOMES LIFE!
    BJS
     
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    i dig it :toast:

    i know that this "hatred" is coiled by the love you have for it.
    no doubt,
    jh.
     
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    sometimes when your "in it" its difficult to get out and take a step away and just look. I appreciate the views of everybody because here in Africa the way that African American are portrayed seems as if you have it better that side than we do...an African American recently said..."African Americans cannot find their home in America until they find a home in Africa." Sometimes we feel used by our fellow Americans, they come to South Africa, for instance, and they claim they back in the motherland, but they stay in the most exquisite hotels, eat at restuarants that can buy a family of four dinner for a week and they go as tourists to where black people live! that's just wrong. But I'm glad its changing. A lot of Americans coming to Africa now are coming on a fulfillment spiritual journey. Erykah Badu was here a few weeks ago-she loved it!! Will Smith is considering to move here! Micheal Jackson has property here...Iyanla Venzant was here just days ago...and the list goes on...people are coming back home and its exciting!

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    This is an old thread which I felt I had to reply to, even though I'm not quite sure what to say.

    Mkhaya lo', you are an adult. You have expressed yourself and I am not one to tell you what to think and how to feel, but I feel that you have expressed yourself in anger and frustration and only one who feels immense love can feel immense 'hatred'.

    I live in England, but I was brought up and lived in Nigeria for several years, and I have felt and heard many of the things you've addressed in your poem.

    When you think of all the things that have happened to and in Africa, when you think of all those things in one go, it's overwhelming.

    I don't know what to say to you. I really don't. So I won't. But please know that you are not alone and that I hear you.


    Chi nonyelu anyi n'cha (I pray The Creator stays with us all),

    Ebele
     
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