Black Poetry : PHILLIS WHEATLEY, THANKS

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  1. Zen Master_1

    Zen Master_1 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Recently, I enjoyed your poetic expressions.
    I reflected on the challenges you faced in your youth.
    Stolen from your original home, and then sold in America as a slave.
    Out of compassion taught to read, speak and write, borne forth poetry.
    Your newfound confidence produced in you the ability to compose firmly.
    That opened a unique door that America's Founding Fathers could not ignore.
    Creative thinking that blazed an interesting trail involving rhythmic insight.
    Phillis, your craft also put an exclamation mark on, "All men are created equal!"
    Despite the historical issues, we still face, your expressions shows a productive mind.
    Again, I want to acknowledge your creative flow and thank you for opening the door.
     
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    Yes, brother I agree with U that she opened the door.

    But...

    Ms. Wheatly composed a piece in which she thanked the white man 4 enslaving blacks, taking us out of savage Africa & enlightening us 2 their religion. She also called George Washington a great man, all he was great at was breeding slaves 4 profit.

    Maybe she did it becuz that was the only way 2 do what she loved, maybe she was just lost, we won't know.

    I dig her because she composed in a time when we'd get killed 4 knowing how 2 read & write, but the door she opened was only wide enough 4 one at a time.
     
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    indeed i so agree .....
     
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    so true on yuor message as you have told ...the door was open..
    Peace on this
     
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    indeed doors have open i agree..
    peace....
     
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    PositiveMindset, Imagine you stolen from your home at the age of six taken to a different place, then taught to live according to different custom. Phillis had to endure that plus being taught to read and write, it opened her mind for expression that she was the talked about subject during that time period. Founding Fathers had to deal with that along with their concept of "All men are equal." Phillis' expressions proved to be the ticket to lead to her freedom and it did create problems for this new America for its insight was clouded despite the fact Phillis showed we do have talent, that is why she should be acknowledged because that took courage.

    $$RICH$$, Yes and Amen to this acknowledgement.

    Bluewater, I do agree and since that door is open let's walk through it boldly for we have proved our worth in more way than imagine, it is time for America to step back, away from it nonsense and do the right thing with regards to us.

    mzblkangel, Thanks
     
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    My brother Zen Master, yes her courage is definitely acknowledged, because she could've been severely punished 4 knowing how 2 read & write.

    What also should be acknowledged is that she sold her soul 2 become the whiteman's prime example of a good (excuse the word) ******.

    Instead of using her talent 2 speak out about the ills of slavery, she embraced it, thanking the white man 4 kidnapping her.

    What she really wrote was what she was told growing up by her white mistress/teacher.

    Not my opinion, brother, just a documented fact by her own writing.
     
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