The BLACK Man by R.Slade
Thursday, February 04, 2016
The Black Man
First let me state that for every Black Man-
There is at least one great woman to give credit, you understand.
So, when I say Black man, I can easily say this-
Without a Black WOMAN, he could not exist.
Society has given out many blows and stings-
In trying to describe the Black MAN and such things.
We hoot and holler; we dance and sing-
But are you aware that we are descendants of great kings?
So, many would prefer that the Black Man stands down-
With a stagger in our walk, and a face sporting a frown.
They actually enjoy it if we poison ourselves with dope-
And just stare into space with no trace of hope.
When we fight and destroy ourselves with such force-
We add fuel to society's fire- that's right, we're feeding the source.
We were once quite the vigorous ones, yet people who were at peace-
Until others came to infect us like a terrible disease.
We were rulers of great lands, and keepers of peace-
Harmony and love ran rampantly with ease.
Our hoots and hollers were as effective as today's AT&T-
We kept in touch with each other , no worries about a fee.
We were as advanced as the rest of the world, as we never hurt for food-
But as hard working people, we were seriously misunderstood.
For we were forcefully whisked away to a foreign place-
To be devilishly enslaved, beaten, and disgraced.
In spite of all odds, the Black Man and his family-
Sill exists today, with attitude, and healthy faculty.
WE can do whatever it is that we choose to achieve-
With a strong faith in God, and the willingness to believe.
Now, with all of our history, we possess a gift-
We are powerful, and strong- we are adaptable and swift.
We possess the ability to take care of our own-
We can own our businesses, and even our homes.
We can have seats in government office, and honorably serve-
We are doctors and lawyers, educators, and inventors, of great nerve.
And maybe for some, THIS might trigger an epiphany-
But we, as Black Men, are a great part of society.
We, as Black Men should understand love-
For it is a very special type of this which comes down from Above.
We love our women, and cherish our friends-
And in spite of history, we have strived to make amends.
There is a nasty word in our vocabulary: nigger-
There are a host of negative thoughts that this terrible word triggers.
But you see, there is something else about us, that society tends to neglect-
And that, dear folks: the Black Man has intellect.
There are many in society who would welcome Slavery's sequel-
At the very least, some do not see us as equal.
But I implore you to know, that in God's Master Plan-
He will ALWAYS have a place for the Black Man.
Lord Jesus, I am proud of who I am, that's a fact-
And God, I thank You for making me Black.
No matter what bumps in the road are caused by men-
This Black Man thanks You for Your guidance, again and again.
Reginald E. Slade
17 February 2002 (Sunday)