The Political Stand of the Resurrected Black Man
The poetic aesthetic of the African American male
is a direct reflection of the society in which he has been installed.
A consequential reply to the oppressor that tries to oppress.
A noteworthy response to the agitator,
though not a cry of distress.
You see, this is a purposeful call to the white man
that looks on appalled, as the unified
front of the Afro people declares to the world
that we will not be stopped.
Uproot us from our roots. Try to stem
the youthful pursuits of our youth,
and in response we will don a suit that
suits the unified ideals of the unified African front.
But this is more than a front. These are symbols and props
of self-identity that we swapped
for the chains and whips that were once used to mock
our regal ancestors.
This is so much more than sartorial.
This is not merely rhetorical.
Let this serve as an oracle!
300 years of oppression is not enough
to make us forget our name.
Nor is it not enough to maim
the ambitions of our unified race.
So let the record show. Shout it from the rooftops,
let everyone know…
that the poetic aesthetic of the African American male
is the political stand of the resurrected black man.
*This is inspired by the Afro-sartorial movements that have preceded me: Sidney Poitier, Malcolm X, Gil Scott-Heron, The Rosewood Movement, Street Etiquette, JoeKenneth Museau, Rog Walker, and the rest of the Black Ivy.
The Black Ivy