Is being black an act?
Is it a walk, or talk or, better yet, an attitude?
Maybe it’s the way you dress, or the car you drive?
Does being black equate a life of stress?
Is Clarence Thomas Black? What about Republican J.C. Watts?
What does being black mean?
Does being black meaning standing on the corner smoking marijuana?
Why or Why not?
Does it mean embracing the fictional American Dream?
A dream that was only intended for a few
Does it mean getting a so called good education?
To prepare you for a good job
Or getting the Clock and ski mask to rob?
Does being black mean dying young, or being strung out on crack?
How about doing time in jail?
Does it mean black women raising kids alone,
Or leading the country in rates of HIV?
Will someone please explain this to me
Or just answer the question…
What is Black?
Reprinted from “A Windowless Room” by Kenneth West, Trafford Press