Black Poetry : Welcome, to the Black Experience

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  1. Danilyn

    Danilyn Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Hey Destee fam! I'm sure you all are aware of the new HBO show, Def Poetry, that aired last Friday night. If you watched, then you recall a very heartfelt poem by a Palestinian woman who was pleading for us to basically not blame all palestinians for what took place on Sept. 11th. She moved me very deeply with her words, and this is my response to her. Let me know what you
    all think!




    I heard a poem on TV the other day
    A sista wrote about her plight
    as a Palestinian
    which right now is an unpopular
    skin to be in.
    Basically she said
    don’t blame a race for the ignorant actions of a few…
    And it got me to thinking
    It began to make sense,
    My sista, if you’re listening
    welcome,
    to the Black experience.
    See your people are colored
    but that’s never been your name
    or your identity
    you’ve never lived with the shame
    of being dragged from your home
    or had a cross burned on your lawn
    or had a man in a white sheet
    beat the sh&@
    out of you for no good reason.
    You’ve never been told
    to sit at the back of anything
    or to pick massa’s cotton before the heavy rains come in.
    No, see your people came here by their own free will
    to be scientists and computer technicians,
    not shipped here to be field laborers and slaves
    robbed of their ambitions,
    Chained together and stacked like blocks
    one on top of the other
    left to excrete their bodily functions
    on each other.
    See, sista
    I’d say ya’ll have it easy.
    The harsh reality of it all is that
    you’re hated because someone like you bombed the US,
    we’re hated for just being –
    black.
    We are judged and characterized
    by a language,
    called ebonics by some,
    our music,
    (hip-hop is the root of all evil)
    our style and the way we wear our hair
    (corn rowed, dreadlocked, weaved, extended, pressed and curled)
    Nothing about us seems to fit
    in this America that government and our President are trying to save –
    from your people.
    This America,
    this land of the free and home of the brave
    never gave a **** about the hands
    that formed and shaped this nation
    or the blood, sweat, and tears of every house or field negro
    that made the grass grow,
    the flowers bloom or the rivers flow.

    Now, I’m not unsympathetic to your cause
    because I too am “colored”
    (in the descriptive sense of the word)
    meaning my skin is brown,
    However, the difference is that once it’s all said and done,
    when we finish the fighting and declare who has won
    you and your people will go back to being
    scientists and computer technicians
    and we’ll still be,
    in the back of the caucausian mind –
    *******, coloreds, coons, monkeys, rag-a-muffins, nappy heads
    you name it,
    we’ve been called it.
    These days, it’s not quite as blatant
    cause the court system doesn’t play it
    We holler, DISCRIMINATION
    and somebody’s gonna have to pay some big bucks
    to shut us up.
    But it’s still there
    looming in the shadows waiting to find a less bold cover
    to take the place of what was so blunt before.
    Emotion is high
    and the hatred of the Palestinian man, woman, and child is running wild.
    I cry for your pain
    because I know what it’s like
    to feel your back break from the oppression
    and the depression that follows cause you’re left to feel
    less than human.
    And while I’ve never personally experienced
    a beat down because of my color
    or actually been called a ******,
    when it was done to my brothers, sisters, and forefathers
    it was also done to me.
    When my young brothers walk down the street
    the normal reaction from the white man is to
    change sides, clutch purses, or
    put their head down to avoid eye contact
    because if they looked in our eyes,
    they’d have to recognize
    that we too have a soul.
    And these reactions stem from
    the media’s depiction of us on the news
    we’re robbing, killing, stealing
    mostly in our own neighborhoods
    but it’s still enough to invoke the fear
    that one day, the black bandit,
    who’s up to no good,
    will come near.
    Listen, I am an educated sister
    with a bachelor’s and master’s degree
    but do you really think that corporate America is ready
    to embrace me?
    Some of us have made it to the top, praise God!
    But there are still too many of us suffering
    in misery and poverty
    looking for a way to survive in a world
    that just wasn’t set up for us to win.
    I pray for you
    and the others like you
    who are feeling helpless and ashamed of what
    took place on that fateful day
    September 11
    where death swept by
    and took a whole lot of people with it.
    Hold your head up high
    and realize the beauty of your “stubborn hair” and chocolate eyes.
    You are not the enemy,
    ignorance is –
    And this battle we are fighting is not ours, but HIS!
    So in these moments
    when the pain gets intense
    Remember you’ve had a taste
    of the Black Experience.
     
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    hummmmm!! very very

    well i like how u laid down the truth to a sista
    letting her see what's been going on for a long tyme
     
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    Much respect is due

    Love the words that u speak.
    Very insightful.
    You always have a way of changing perspectives.
    Keep writing.

    your biggest fan. Peace.
     
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    i'm luv'n this ... very nice work Danilyn
     
  5. Danilyn

    Danilyn Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    :D Rich

    Much love to ya baby!

    :D Destee

    Thanks for everything. I love it here!!

    :heart: Rashad

    Love ya boo! You're my inspiration!
     
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    i lovedided dis ****

    nobody seems to
    know pain until it's at ther
    doorstep
    and anytime somebody goes
    through pain i say
    now you know how black people feel
    and i hate the ones who don't live but always have a opinion about it


    and you know i caught the Def Jam
    and Brooklyn was all up in it
    but they forgot about me


    Peace
    you speaking my language
    DSSNY
     
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    REALITY...

    hits hard when PAIN is directed at you.

    i once had a conversation with my son's eighth grade history teacher--who was a White female--who approached me about a t-shirt i was wearing...that read, IT'S A BLACK THING...YOU WOULDN'T UNDERSTAND. you know the ones. anyway, she resented the inferences the words made. after a long discussion, she still didn't understand.

    UNLESS YOU'VE WALKED IN THE BLACK MAN'S SHOES...UNLESS YOU'VE ENDURED THE THINGS I DO...UNLESS YOU'VE EXPERIENCED WHAT THE BLACK MAN HAS EXPERIENCED...UNLESS YOU'VE FELT THE PAIN THAT THE BLACK MAN HAS FELT, YOU WOULDN'T UNDERSTAND.

    but let me try to explain, anyway.

    THANKS for explaining.
     
  8. dbaraka

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    This is very good,and oh so true.And to think,I almost didn't give this wonderful piece a read.:heart:
     
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    wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Queen Danilyn, you have just received the five raised blak fists award for excellence. this is on point. keep droppin' 'em. thank you for the food for thought it helped my brain gain weight.

    blak
     
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    wonderful writing...

    sista poet...
    your eyes and heart wide open...

    share your thoughts~
     
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