To Snatch Black Gold from Sunlight


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Jaz is a Performance and Award-winning Published Poet, Singer, Theater Artist, Author and ASCAP Member-Songwriter. Her work has appeared in literary magazines such as APIARY, WestWard Quarterly and  [+]

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Racism

You are

A breathing wound imprinted upon God’s creation

Carved into the psyche of my ancestors

You are a brandished whip

Cross-stitched on the backs

Of my

Brothers

Children

Sisters

 

Racism

You are

The tombs which boldly traversed great oceans

To trade black blood for your profit, entertainment & privilege

 

Racism

You are an

Institutional

Systemic

Oppressive

Global

Pandemic

That rolls over & over into every century

To show your diseased face

Like the bloated body & bulged eyes

Of Emmett Till

                                        

Racism

You are a

Thief

of

Pulse

and

Purpose.

Of

Laughter

Dignity

and

Healing

Of

Home

Value

and

Humanity

Of

Unity

Of

Free

Of

THE AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILY TREE.

 

Racism you are the knee of Amerikkka which stole the breath from

George Floyd and Breonna Taylor

(YEAH...SAY ALL OF THEIR NAMES).

 

Your wickedness is in high places and low

 

Racism

It is time.

Way past time to

Break your stronghold

Torch your interruption

And

Face

Your

History

 

I have

No

Answers

For you

Though...

That’s your job.

 

I will no longer hold up your mirror with instructions on dismantling your poisons

And I will not give you what you can go (re)searching for.

No

I am spirit-weary and soul-tired of the reruns on the endless hashtags of my existence

 

Your creators must

Do. The. Work. Now.

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R. Rize · ago
My sistah!!! This piece is powerful, poignant, on point and oh so necessary right NOW!! May it be seen, heard and read by the masses far and wide. I especially hope that “racism” hears this! 😉. Continue to shine fearless Word Warrior!! 🔥🔥🔥💖💖💖
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Jaz Banks · ago
wow thank you so much my sistah!! means so very much to me! I receive that prayer my friend! :-)
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Prynce Josiah · ago
Beautiful
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Jaz Banks · ago
thanks my beautiful friend! :-)
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Nancy Gilliam · ago
This piece is 🔥🔥🔥
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Jaz Banks · ago
thank you Nancy! luv u dear!
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Nu'Rodney Prad · ago
This is a great piece!
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Jaz Banks · ago
Thank you so much Rodney! I appreciate you! :-)
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Ann Summiel · ago
Torch your Interruption...👏🏾👏🏾 Very Nice Jaz! 💕
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Jaz Banks · ago
that's one of my fav lines too! Thank you so much Ann! :-)
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Tyrone Reeves Sr · ago
Hey Jaz, So proud of all you do. Your writing skills cannot and should not be compared to anyone because You are you not, someone else. I really enjoyed this poem as well. It does reflect our sick ethnic world view!
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Jaz Banks · ago
Thank you so kindly Unc...love you dearly :-)
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Janus Bryant · ago
Dope piece, Sis! 🎤💜
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Jaz Banks · ago
thank you sis I appreciate you!
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Vonny Fonnie · ago
Wow the way you pour your whole heart out on paper is phenomenal. I love the way you express yourself 🥰❤️❤️❤️❤️
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Jaz Banks · ago
Awe thanks Fonnie!! That means so much to me family! love you :-)
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Erin Harper · ago
May these thoughtful, rhythmic, passionate, soul-stirring words speak to all who feel deeper than words can go and move those to do the work who must do the work. This is a call and I hear you. ❤️ U Jaz! Thank you for your gifts.
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Jaz Banks · ago
Erin you are such an amazing & authentic heart...love you too my sista-friend! :-)
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Misty Sol · ago
Great work..."I have no answers for you!" 😁😁😁
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Jaz Banks · ago
thanks so much Misty and yassss!!! :-)