Black Poetry : Does Black History Month Mean as much as it Once Did?

baller

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Does Black History Month mean as much as it once did?

Why should we be Compartmentalized
Into a month of Generalized concepts

Is that all we have left?

A continuously shortened list of “We did that,” and “We did this”
While our youth grows out of touch with past things our forefathers accomplished

Aren’t we more than one month?

A twenty-eight day shortened month
Where highlights of past plights doesn’t mean as much
Repeated and televised into sixty-second sound bites
Or one hundred forty social media characters
By a conscious few trying to do right

While our youths of today are struggling against authority
Shot dead in the streets…while being treated abhorrently
Is all we have to offer are the echoes of past dreams
Dreams destined to become reality at the hands of lost screams

Will our “ancestor’s cry” be heard above the roar
Of “Black Lives Matter,” or vigilantes settling a score
Or the hundreds of lives snuffed out by the system
…A growing number so large we can’t even list them

Will “Black History Month” ever mean as much as it once did
While the system hides behind the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr.
Instead of confronting today’s bid

We’re losing our kids
While being demeaned by “serve and protect” overlords
Who avoid and neglect the people’s voice

If not an everyday platform, we need a “Black Future Month”
To guide us into tomorrow…and help us when we’re stumped
To tell us when we’re stagnant and have forgotten our direction
To lead us along our path in formulating self-protections

Our youth need to know we hear their voices, today
Our past may be a guide, but we don’t live our lives that way​
 

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I see both sides of the proverbial coin on this issue. For I refused to believe we can be marginalized to footnotes. Yet just as I wear my blackness daily, I believe it's not for our rememberance that black history month is celebrated. It is for others to take note. I love Poetry that intrigues my mental.


Nice flow
 

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I see both sides of the proverbial coin on this issue. For I refused to believe we can be marginalized to footnotes. Yet just as I wear my blackness daily, I believe it's not for our rememberance that black history month is celebrated. It is for others to take note. I love Poetry that intrigues my mental.


Nice flow

This is the poetry forum and this topic isn't related to it...

Perhaps you need to start a new thread where it does!!

fyi
 

baller

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This is the poetry forum and this topic isn't related to it...

Perhaps you need to start a new thread where it does!!

fyi

This is the poetry forum...and asimplepoet was responding to a poem I dropped. am I to assume that you have a problem with her responding to my poem...or do you have a problem with my poem? either way, you should address it with me. btw, did you not place me on your ignore list...in nilevalley's thread?
 

baller

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I see both sides of the proverbial coin on this issue. For I refused to believe we can be marginalized to footnotes. Yet just as I wear my blackness daily, I believe it's not for our rememberance that black history month is celebrated. It is for others to take note. I love Poetry that intrigues my mental.


Nice flow

Thanks for stopping by, asimplepoet. I agree that black history month is about educating others on the accomplishments of our people; at least, I agree that that's how us old heads see it. but our young brethrens aren't feeling it in the same way. they're questioning the point of a black history month...and not really participating in the celebrations. so, I ask the question, does it mean as much as it once did...and, why is it limited to ONE MONTH, as opposed to ALL THE TIME?
 

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