The Metaphor Stands

Some people still think we are in high school.

Some never made it that far and think we are still playing “fair ones”.

I don’t mind doing the dumb thing. I’d rather do the unity thing, however.

I don’t blame Wacka for his blindness. And yes, he is quite blind.

I blame that one brother that could’ve reached him and didn’t.

I blame that one sister that could’ve reached him and didn’t.

I don’t live by Smith or Darwin.

But I can.

I will.

I’d rather not.

I don’t think that is what I came for.

But I don’t mind coming back if that is what it takes.

What happens when the mouse successfully follows the maze?

Does he or she get let free?

Nope.

Another test, another maze, possibly another cage.

Until death.

What do you think will happen to successful negroes?

What is a successful negro?

White folks still look at L’Ouverture as a successful “nigga”…

Nat Turner was a successful nigga…

Malcolm X was a successful nigga…

Denmark Vessey was a successful nigga…

Gabriel Prosser was a successful nigga…

Now the successful negroes pin nomenclature on them…

Attempt to diagnose them in an effort to cage the rest of us…

In 1904, Wacka would have been like the doctors of today…

A successful Negro…

See, many don’t get that nuance…

Some will not catch that crossfade and scratch…

But in 1904, Wacka would have been just another negro, like the Boule…

Like Mae W. Perry…

Like Alonzo Herndon…

Like Dr. Nellie Gordon…

Like Earl P. Dickerson…

Like Harry Pace…

Like A.P. Bentley…

Like Truman Gibson, Sr….

I don’t see much change from house to field…

I do see many issues from free and slave…

The metaphor stands…