There are stories yet to be told about our African American journey. There are pearls in the ocean of our existance that will inspired and catapult us into the 21st century, as some of the bravest and most resourceful people, whose contributions make the other have of American culture. Without us There would be no American culture in the arts or sciences, However that is a debt that can be settled on the platform of my poetry. My audience, my people.
My poetry is the antithesis of racism and the growing denial of the African American plight of marginalization in slavery and Jim Crow. It is my people who are represented negative in the media and the grand narratives of history. I am answering the call to “Lift Every Voice. . .” and through the visual, and performing arts; I have found my voice. Poetry gives me the opportunity to use language that personifies black intelligence and intellectual prowess, collectively culturally resounding the alarm of institutionalize racism and the presence of injustice.
Can I get my freedom as a women, gay people be relieved of bigotry, religious people get relief from persecution and yet I still suffer social injustice because to the color of my skin or who is my kin? I think not. When all is said and done and all the ballot winners go home. I still have a struggle ahead of me as a black women in America, the same one with any black man.
I am still obligated by racial orientation to combat the negative and often dangerous stereotypes being hurled at me today. I use my pen to gain power over the enemy, ignorance and denial. I love the skin that I am in and I am determine to contribute something meaningful and impressionable to the humanities. That documents liberation and reflects back to the oppressors their marginalizing, hegemonic, deceitful rhetoric and highlights their supremacist and separatist allegiance to bigotry and oppression. The American agenda for making “America Great Again,” must be observed with a vigilant, keen, watchful, and discerning eye for decisive, divisive, hegemonic discourse that is intended to set people of color hundreds of years. Encouraging white America to return to hate and bigotry against my people, starts with an agenda of racist and xenophobic propaganda. Liberty is spelled “Black lives are not expendable in the make of America great again.”
I must speak out against injustice and raise awareness about how we, deserve to live in peace on the street of urban America. We (as black people in America) have liberated ourselves and fought for civil rights to long to be taking back to the days of mass incarceration, alienation, segregation and racial domination. This country has to change, by moving forward and collective acknowledging this world is for everybody. America will never be great until it acknowledges the atrocities that it has administered to my ancestors. I will tell their story about a people that I know intimately.
Through my poetry my fore parent’s contribution to the national creation of America. Their striped humanity diminished to suffering, servitude and shame, has lead to me to telling the story to people about a people who survived on Holocaust only to be displaced by a war that was not theirs to fight On one front during WWII black men and women were fighting an enemy here in America and abroad, both the eyes inside the walls of the interment camp, liberators of those inside the concertraton and Hitler’s victims. The stories are truth untold about many unsung heroes of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Black people enduring, bleeding and dying for my freedom, for that I am grateful.
I write to heal, I write to reveal and I write because it is what I do.