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The Best Americans: Black Americans

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    by Reverend Reynard N. Blake, Jr.

    MLK wouldn’t be smiling at him

    He’d be crying

    Present-day marches

    In DC he would not attend

    If he had to share a dais with Obama

    He would defy the views of Obama

    He’d pray for him

    Call him a stone-cold killer


    The Best Americans: Black Americans

    by Reverend Reynard N. Blake, Jr.


    400 years of slavery

    And yet, black people wait


    The potential of the USA

    I’m part of this continuum

    My blackness

    My robe

    My garment

    Seems like I’m an American

    Most times treated like I’m not


    I’m of African descent

    Do my siblings from The Motherland

    Treat me

    View me

    As a relative

    When some from The Motherland

    Look down upon me

    See me as inferior

    I’m not truly African

    So, am I a charlatan?

    Siblings from The Diaspora

    The immigrants

    Not the cargo

    Or, the inhuman

    Or, subhuman

    The 3/5s human

    (As defined by white men)


    Do my Diaspora siblings realize:

    When they imply

    When they criticize

    Those blacks

    Native-born blacks

    Don’t work hard

    Don’t value education

    Ask yourselves, my siblings

    Who took most of the ass-whippings?

    Who took most of the lynching?

    Or, the brunt of Jim Crow?

    Lessening the impact

    Taking some of the hits

    “Taking one for the team”

    To share “The American Dream”


    Because we’re family

    Aren’t we?

    (Did you laugh when you saw us in dashikis in the 60s?)

    Tell me this

    Teach me this

    My Diaspora siblings:

    Are you fully integrated?

    In university black student unions?

    Or, other organizations?

    Tell me

    Tell me quick

    Prove my feelings were wrong


    And I’ll leave it alone

    Sorry for airing “our dirty laundry”

    I don’t mean to

    I know this is a family argument

    And, maybe white people shouldn’t read this

    But, I get angry

    When white people say

    “The Black Community”

    Black people do too

    Color me guilty, as well

    (“It’s a black thing”—ha, ha)


    In reality

    There are Black Communities

    Not a monolith

    And yet

    We got Obama elected

    “Over the hump”

    Going door-to-door

    Or, even voting for the first time

    Now we need voter IDs?

    How do we rectify this?

    How do we deal with wicked “whitey?”

    In the GOP

    Like Priebus

    Like Rush, Beck, O’Reilly and Hannity

    Or their pet Negroes:

    Allen West

    A pest

    And, Herman Cain

    A black stain

    Clarence Thomas

    “Uncle Tom” incarnate

    Armstrong Williams

    Conservative and confused


    Meanwhile, what do black communities get?

    A black president

    President Obama

    Who provides genetics lessons

    After Trayvon Martin got assassinated

    “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon”

    Thank you, Mr. President!

    As usual

    Avoid making hard-core statements

    About racism in America

    Oh, yes he mentions

    Being followed in stores

    That’s racist, to the core

    Yet, he doesn’t deal with structural racism

    The wickedness of Wall St.

    How it fuels racist lending practices

    Like Countrywide and Wells Fargo


    Blacks lose homes

    And, yet blacks wait

    For justice

    For a strong president

    That doesn’t use beer

    To mediate over an individual racist dispute


    Yet, again and again

    Black people proved to be the Best Americans

    Lobbying to fight in wars

    To earn justice

    And earn their way to be good Americans

    Hands over their hearts

    To sing the national anthem

    And, the pledge of allegiance

    To another country guilty of apartheid

    And, like Chuck D of PE rhymed

    “And the Negro, where the fuck does he go?”

    “”Cause right here’s apartheid…”

    “He can run, but he can’t hide”

    Yet, black people march on


    And the Congressional Black Caucus

    Part of the real illegals

    President, his cabinet, Congress, and the courts

    They’re illegal


    If they don’t seek justice and peace for all

    Or fight “blame the victim” analyses

    Or dispel white myths on black life:


    Not desiring to work

    That’s why they’re unemployed”


    Yet, when there are few good-paying jobs

    Government is a co-conspirator

    In the destruction and the stunting

    The black middle class

    That gained access to it

    Via government jobs

    Police, teachers, firefighters, administrators

    Disappearing with blistering speed

    No wonder why black unemployment

    Has been historically been triple the rate

    Of white folks

    And Obama thinks he’s talking about shit

    To get America to pony-up

    To a nine-dollar minimum wage

    When living wages are needed

    To escape poverty


    America waits

    And, many black Americans wait patiently

    And wait

    And wait

    For Obama

    To even say the words

    “Poor people” or “poverty”


    “The Negro”

    “Where the fuck does he go?”

    “’Cause right here’s apartheid”

    “He can run, but he can’t hide”


    And yet black people wait

    For Obama to say something when he stands

    His soapbox allows him to sound the call:

    Black folks need jobs

    All folks need jobs

    Obama must holler for people to make dollars

    Call out Republicans

    For a new jobs bill

    So bridges won’t be death traps

    And public schools not demonized

    (And no privatization experiments)

    Say something

    To the Best Americans

    The ones that had to fight

    Just to be recognized as human

    Obama might have a willing heart

    To help and lift up

    But his flesh is weak

    He holds his head up high, though

    But it doesn’t matter if he holds his head up high

    While weak in the knees

    And, the puckering of lips

    To kiss Republican ass

    The Best Americans shouldn’t get angry with me

    How many times has the CBC dine in the White House?

    (Just some food for thought)


    But, patiently

    Black people wait

    Some black people defend him

    The Best Americans

    The ones that have survived

    All of America’s attempted death blows

    How should black community fight back:

    Pounding the pavements?


    The Best Americans

    Black Americans

    Get lectured about personal responsibility

    And Obama likes to chime in

    Admonishing black fathers

    But not white fathers

    Like Joe Walsh

    Over one hundred thousand amassed

    To take care of his kids

    Where’s the criticism?

    Afraid of alienating white men?

    Oh yeah

    He talks to black students regarding college

    Tells them that they need to study hard

    Has he said that to white kids in The Heartland?

    He loves to talk down to black people

    Come on, man!

    Get it right, bruh!

    By the way,

    Why does he love The Right so much?

    Most of the time The Right is wrong

    Racist to the core

    Obama rarely challenges them

    He just shuffles along

    Black people seem to just sing songs

    And be patient


    “He’ll do better his second term”

    Black people have the patience of Job

    The Best Americans

    The ones that should be raising hell

    And, not having dreams

    Because they have to wake up

    And smell the coffee

    I know Obama’s not a messiah

    But, sometimes he should speak like a prophet

    Like Rev. Wright

    Called America out

    There will be a reckoning

    Treating black people like cattle

    Stacked back-to-back

    White people aren’t pristine

    They just have better lawyers

    Get sorry prosecutors

    Sympathetic juries

    And, voila!

    Zimmerman got off

    Justice denied


    When it came to the evil that killed Trayvon

    And so many others

    Deaths from “Stand Your Ground”

    Obama capitulates to State’s Rights


    Superseding state laws

    Federal laws

    Federal action



    The right to vote

    Access to public accommodations

    And now he’s thinking about bombing Syria

    Obama—the drone master

    Mastered by Republicans

    MLK would be ashamed

    He was the Best of Americans

    Looking down on one of the most scared Americans

    Barack Hussein Obama, II

    MLK wouldn’t be smiling at him

    He’d be crying

    Present-day marches

    In DC he would not attend

    If he had to share a dais with Obama

    He would defy the views of Obama

    He’d pray for him

    Call him a stone-cold killer

    And wonder

    How in the hell could he win

    A Nobel Prize

    In protest

    He would give his Nobel Prize back

    You can’t say MLK and Obama in the same sentence

    When it comes to courage

    And yet

    The Best Americans

    Think “The Dream” is being realized

    Discuss that with homeless people


    Mental health professionals

    Those that have paid their debt to society

    What, then?

    Don’t let Obama kill MLK again

    With pretty words and no substance

    The Best Americans

    Criticize Obama all the time

    Get his plans

    His solutions


    Helping black communities

    Like he helped Wall St.

    Black communities’ love for Obama

    Shouldn’t be patient

    Black communities are in a state of emergency

    Because blacks, Natives and Latinos

    Have been in America’s crosshairs

    And we can’t dodge bullets forever

    Nor should we

    The Best Americans must always fight

    Or, explode


    Would Obama use drones on the Best Americans?

    Or, would he open the door

    To make drones common

    And, the Best Americans

    Know COINTELPRO quite well

    It allows America and hell to be one in the same:

    Burning with hatred



    Filled with falsehoods

    Sound familiar?

    This was the Bush administration

    After 9/11

    Obama feels comfortable

    Maintaining this trajectory into madness

    For safety?

    For freedom?

    The Best Americans know chains

    The Best Americans know prisons

    All too well

    And it shouldn’t let a house Negro administer

    What’s sinister

    And though Obama speaks with princely charm

    The Best Americans aren’t peasants

    Freedom will ring

    And, Obama can’t reign


    Reverend Reynard N. Blake, Jr., M. S. is an ordained Baptist minister living in East Lansing, Michigan with his wife Karen Kelly-Blake, Ph.D., Research Associate, Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences at Michigan State University (MSU). He earned his Master of Science degree in Community Development-Urban Studies from MSU and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the College of Charleston (SC). He has co-authored several articles on faith-based community development and is also a poet and hip-hop cultural analyst whose work have appeared on Black Commentator, Michigan Family Review,, the Online Journal of Urban Youth Culture and Black Agenda Report. He is putting on the final touches on a book of political parody and poetry; no publisher yet.  He would appreciate any input on where and how he can get it published. He can be reached at

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