The Best Americans: Black Americans

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 [email protected]