WHO AM I?

Ann Writes:
April 13th, 2007 at 4:20 am (This “poem” was written in response to a commentor on the Don Imus “Nappy-Headed Hos” comment originally posted by Rachel @ Rachel’s Tavern, but, re-posted at Ampersand’s blogsite, “Alas, A Blog” to  the commentor Michael. I started out writing it as a comment/response to this commentor, and as I was writing it, realized that in essence, I wrote a poem. Here is the comment/poem in its entirety.)

Michael.

Ann made this and other equally untrue comments.”

Oh, I’m sorry. Please forgive me, a black woman for having the audacity to say such horrible things about white men. Please accept my humble apologies.

I mean, who am I, a black woman, to have the nerve to state that white men raped, sodomized, broke the skulls and jaws of black women? Who am I, a black woman, to say that white men did the most savage and cruelest sexual exploitation of black women? Who am I, a black woman, to have the nerve to state that white men have used and abused black women just because of their race, just because of the color of their skin?

Please forgive this lowly black woman. I had no right to question the “Almighty-Knows-Everything-That-a-Black-Woman-Has-Experienced-in-this-Country” White man, such as yourself, Michael. Afterall, what do I, a black woman know about what it is to live in my skin as a black woman? Who am I, a black woman, to question the experience, the expertise, the have-the-last-word-on-all-things-black-women in this country have gone through, such as a white man like you, Michael?

My goodness, I forgot that white men know EVERYTHING that black women have gone through in this country. White men have lived the lives of black women in this country, NOT black women. Black women, hell, they don’t know what it is like to live in this country. They should be ashamed of themselves for talking about what this country has done to them, and is still doing to them. Black women need to just STFU and stop trying to act like they are such experts on their OWN lived experiences in this country. No one will believe them. No one will believe a word they say. But, it is the white man who should be believed, because he knows more than any black woman, period, what being a black woman is.

Isn’t that right, Michael?

Only a white man can truly know that.

No black woman definately can ever know, because, we are just black women, incapable of telling the truth, much less having lived it.

I mean, everyone knows that it was BLACK WOMEN who went out and raped ourselves into many different colors during slavery and segregation.

NOT WHITE MEN.

Everyone knows it was black women who ran down and degraded and mistreated white men. Everyone knows it was us Jezebel BLACK WOMEN, who started calling ourselves “Nigger bitch”, “nigger wench”, “Jezebel” , “whore”, “breeders” (and speaking of Jezebel in the Bible, do you know what they did to Jezebel, Michael? Hmm? Read the books of Kings. Believe me, it will be a real eye-opener.) Black women created all the negative stereotypes about ourselves.

NOT WHITE MEN.

On, and I am so sorry for having the nerve to tell YOU, Michael, a white man what life is like here in AMERICA FOR BLACK WOMEN, as anyone with any sense knows, WHITE MEN are the real experts on what lives black women have lived, and are still living in America.

Who am I, a black woman, to know more than the almighty-superior-never-has-told-a-lie-done-anything-wrong-hateful- vicious-cruel-sick-sadistic-depraved-perverse-abominable-psychotic -to -ANY- black- woman- in -America white man, what I know about what it is to be a black woman in America?

Who am I?

You know us nigger bitch black women.

We all lie about rape.

Heck, that’s what we black women did during slavery. Chased down and attacked each and every white man in the vicinity, and raped THEM, not to mention, got those pure, innocent never did anything wrong to a black woman white men, pregnant.

We black women, such liars. Raping and destroying defenseless white men.

Oh, and we black women also denied white men the most basic of human rights in this country. We did that for over 400 years. We black women had all this power over the lives of white men (and just to let you know, Michael, we still do. We black women STILL run the show in this country: we still own ALL the laws, the political machines/electorate, the economy, the banking industry, the real estate industry, the justice system—–EVERYTHING that affects this country, we black women have all the control of that. Yes, that’s us black women. Controlling the lives of everyone in this country, especially white men. )

We black women just do not know how life is in present day America.

And we certainly do not know our own history.

That’s why we black women always tell lies about how white men mistreated us during slavery/segregation.

We black women raped our ownselves right before we were lynched by mobs of white men.

NOT WHITE MEN.

We black women walked into the homes of WHITE MEN and got ourselves raped and impregnated against our will.

NOT WHITE MEN.

We black women gave ourselves domestic jobs which we were lucky enough to be paid $2-$3 a day for, IF we even got that at the end of the day.

NOT WHITE MEN.

We black women starved ourselves during segregation.

NOT WHITE MEN.

We black women gave ourselves sub-standard separate unequal educations.

NOT WHITE MEN.

We black women enacted laws that degraded and pillaged the honor of black women.

NOT WHITE MEN.

We black women today still keep residential areas of America segregated between black and white.

NOT WHITE MEN.

We black women have sold jobs overseas to foreign companies.

NOT WHITE MEN.

We black women have moved much needed jobs/companies/factories out of the inner cities, way out into rural/suburb areas.

NOT WHITE MEN.

We black women control the recording/newspaper publishing/automotive/banking industries in this country.

NOT WHITE MEN.

And most of all, we black women cannot begin to tell anyone what we live and experience and see with our own eyes what it is like to be a black woman in this country.

ONLY WHITE MEN CAN DO THAT.

So, please, Michael, forgive us black women for having the temerity to talk about what life is like for us.

I mean, what do we know?

Everyone with any knowledge of history knows that it was always white men who lived black women’s lives in this country.

We black women were just spectators in the lives we have lived.

So, anytime we black women start speaking up, everyone should remember that it is WHITE MEN who are the true experts on what black women face every day in this country.

Because there’s just no way that black women can speak the truth of the black experience in America.

White man have always had that capability.

They’ve managed to be white men AND black women all at the same time.

Albert Einstein would be proud to have lived to see such a law of physics be carried out.

Even he could not have come up with such an inconceivable scenario.

We now return control of your television set over to you.

(And whatever everyone does, please don’t believe anything those black women say. Always remember that white men have the last say so over what black women live, breath, think, say, desire, need, see, experience in this country.)

And don’t ya’ll ever forget that.

written by Ann

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5 responses to “WHO AM I?

  1. You’re brilliant. Best response I’ve read thus far having anything to do with the Imus situation/reactions.

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  4. stephaniegirl

    This is one beautiful poem. Anyone denies the mistreatment of Black women in America is burying his/her head in the sand. It’s a problem everyone sees yet deny. Until America face its denial, everything is vanity and hypocrisy.

    Stephanie

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