Champion Of The Black Star.

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“Nobody’s as powerful as we make them out to be.”

-Alice Walker (The Third Life of Grange Copeland)

 

“I don’t want a Black History Month. Black history is American history.”

– Morgan Freeman

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Perhaps I really am arrogant

A speck of dust that chooses not to settle

On the sand dunes with grains

Filled with contentment,

But rather, hitch a ride

On the winds of change

Soar through turbulent skies

Finding my own truth

Not relying on that which I’ve been handed.

To fight for my people

Rather, the suppressors of a movement unhinged

A month is far from enough

Give me a platform

To praise the origins of the Black Star

And i’d rather use it

To address the blight in society

To expose the condescending confinement

Of a history that dwarfs

That which you choose to give.

I will not smile and be subtle in how I write

You weren’t subtle when you

Mistook our kindness for weakness

Bringing your “ideal” forms of change

Like you’re the definitive source of salvation

Cursing an entire race

To a legacy of cotton picking.

What do you call it again,

First World? Third World?

To who, you?

You trying to tell me

That as a continent

We are nothing until you believe 

We are something?

That all we could ever hope to be,

Is you?

Don’t make me laugh.

You shoot us in the knee cap

Run a thousand miles with OUR supplies

Then tell us to catch up?

You broke the rules, to make new rules

To break them,

Again.

Do not tell me to quell my rage

As you sip martinis in the comfort

Of foundations built on my forefathers

Blood, sweat and tears;

I am an incarnation of 400 years of rebellion

I am the echo that reverberates  

In place of those afraid to be perceived

As disturbers of peace.

Peace is not living under

A commercialized sense of happiness,

Peace is not lying to ourselves

And others that you see us as equals;

Peace is building awareness for your crimes

Peace is the admission, 

That you would not be where you are

Without us.

– Original-Dante ©2017

Art by:  tacsitimea

 

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13 thoughts on “Champion Of The Black Star.

    InfiniteZip said:
    February 23, 2017 at 8:36 PM

    Look at this amazingness, spoken like a strong true soul on fire! ❤ love this Michael ❤

      Original-Dante responded:
      February 25, 2017 at 6:34 AM

      It came straight from my burning heart …thank you Kim ❤

    kelley said:
    February 24, 2017 at 3:20 AM

    Brilliant

      Original-Dante responded:
      February 24, 2017 at 8:39 AM

      Thank you…you understand the fight.

    viewsplash said:
    February 25, 2017 at 4:49 AM

    Fantabulous Piece Michael… Loved it thoroughly!

    forgottenmeadows said:
    February 26, 2017 at 8:33 PM

    so powerful!

    nosyjosie said:
    February 27, 2017 at 6:21 PM

    Wooooooooooooooooo this was GOOD! I feel so liberated after reading this. So many parts hit home that I wanted to quote and then I realized I was quoting damn near the entire piece. I’m just going to have to reblog.

    This is such a beautiful display of (1) homage to our history, (2) owning our power and taking action rather than choosing complacency and (3) throwing the classiest shots at our oppressors. Beautifully written sir!

      Original-Dante responded:
      March 2, 2017 at 10:55 AM

      Thank you Jo…much appreciated..I will always fight for my people 🙂

    nosyjosie said:
    February 27, 2017 at 6:25 PM

    Reblogged this on mind JO business and commented:
    I know I typically reblog on Sundays but I couldn’t help myself with this one. Of all the Black tributes I’ve seen this month, nothing has excited as much as this piece from my dear friend!

    This is such a beautiful display of (1) homage to our history, (2) owning our power and taking action rather than choosing complacency and (3) throwing the classiest shots at our oppressors. Beautifully written!

      Original-Dante responded:
      March 2, 2017 at 10:58 AM

      Thanks for the re-blog Jo! ❤ ❤

        nosyjosie said:
        March 2, 2017 at 5:33 PM

        Definitely reblog worthy! 😀

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