I Am a Black Man

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I Am a Black Man

I am a Black man
An Afrikan man
My history is that of humanity
My roots predate the calendar
Afrika is my home
My contributions are
all that is / has been / will be thought (i.e. civilized ideas)
all that is / has been / will be said (i.e. cultivated words)
all that is / has been / will be done (i.e. creative actions)

I am a Black man
An Afrikan man
My father’s son
My thoughts include his thoughts
My blood and bone and flesh include his
My work include his spirit
I follow in his footsteps
I continue them –
and make my own

I am a Black man
An Afrikan man
Speak not to me of compromise
I am straight line i.e. will
I am upward spiral i.e. growth
I am circle i.e. fulfillment
My goal is perfection
My path is productivity
My vehicle is power

I am a Black man
An Afrikan man
Re-ascending my throne
I tolerate no obstacle
Hindrances do not deter me
I feed on impediments
I shall purge my kingdom

All poachers beware
It’s game warden time

I am a Black man
An Afrikan man
Do not attack me with media cries of Chauvinism
(Exploitation is a foreign product — imported by Negroes)
Do not try to change me — I reject the effeminate
Do not ask me to cry — tears are for the trembling and watery
eyes anathema to the warrior
(i.e. the enemy must remain in focus until the enemy no longer
remains)
Do not attempt to domesticate me –
I cannot protect you with dishpan hands

I am a Black man
An Afrikan man
In time of war
Present me with harmony but
Speak not to me of peace
Until victory is ours
Present me with unconditional love
That I might
Present us with unconditional liberation

I am a Black man
An Afrikan man
Acknowledge my strength
Offer me not prizes for weakness
Do not encourage the superficial
Tempt me not with diversion
If you are my friend — fight by my side or heal my wounds
If you are my enemy — confess

I am a Black man
An Afrikan man
Detained
But not destroyed
Enslaved
But not extinct
Conquered and
Oppressed
But not for long

I am a Black man
An Afrikan man
Fighting for the future / heading for home
Manhood
Be my momentum
Nationhood
Be my challenge
Familyhood
Be my reward

~George Edward Tait

Via Warrior’s of Black Consciousness

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