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Why Am I Black?
By Sandra A. Mushi   
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Last edited: Monday, June 05, 2006
Posted: Tuesday, July 12, 2005

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A friend forwarded me this poem - thought I should share it with you all. Beautiful, inspirational, spirit-lifting poem - especially for those who are feeling insecure and unhappy sbout themselves.

Why Did You Make Me Black Lord?


Lord ... Why did you make me black?

Why did you make someone

the world would hold back?

  Black is the color of dirty clothes,

of grimy hands and feet...

Black is the color of darkness,

of tired beaten streets...


Why did you give me thick lips,

a broad nose and kinky hair?

Why did you create someone

who receives the hated stare?


Black is the color of the bruised eye

when someone gets hurt...

Black is the color of darkness,

black is the color of dirt.


Why is my bone structure so thick,

my hips and cheeks so high?

Why are my eyes brown,

and not the color of the sky?

Why do people think I'm useless?


How come I feel so used?

Why do people see my skin

and think I should be abused?

 Lord, I just don't understand...


What is it about my skin?

Why is it some people want to hate me

and not know the person within?

Black is what people are "Labelled"

when others want to keep them away...


 Black is the color of shadows cast...

Black is the end of the day.

 Lord you know my own people mistreat me,

 and you know this just ain't right...


                  They don't like my hair, they don't like my

skin, as they say I'm too dark or too light!

Lord, don't you think

it's time to make a change?


 Why don't you redo creation

and make everyone the same?


 God's Reply:


Why did I make you black? Why did I make you black?

I made you in the color of coal

from which beautiful diamonds are formed...

I made you in the color of oil,

 the black gold which keeps people warm.


Your color is the same as the rich dark soil

Your color is the same as the black stallion and

 panther, Oh what majestic creatures indeed!


All colors of the heavenly rainbow

 can be found throughout every nation...

When all these colors are blended,

   you become my greatest creation!


 Your hair is the texture of lamb's wool,

   such a beautiful creature is he...

I am the shepherd who watches them,

 I will ALWAYS watch over thee!


You are the color of the midnight sky,

I put star glitter in your eyes...

There's a beautiful smile hidden behind your pain...

That's why your cheeks are so high!


You are the color of dark clouds

from the hurricanes I create in September...

I made your lips so full and thick,

so when you kiss...they will remember!


Your stature is strong,

 your bone structure thick to withstand the

 burden of time...

The reflection you see in the mirror,


that image that looks back, that is MINE!

 So get off your knees,

look in the mirror and tell me what you see?


I didn't make you in the image of darkness...

I made you in the image of ME!

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Reviewed by Darla Johnson (Reader) 5/23/2011
I read this . church for black history month and everyone enjoyed it to the point I had to make copies of this hot poem!! thanks again,
Reviewed by Angella Campbell 1/10/2010
DAMN!!!! WOW!!!! SPEECHLESS!!!Especially with "People Get Ready, the train is coming," pumping through my stereo. I almost cried at the combination. THANK YOU!
Reviewed by Gatz Rexdale (Reader) 9/1/2009

and um E. lucas take something in 1st of all most "india indains" are darker than most african-amerikkkans, 2nd before the arrival of arabs, turks, etc tryna steal shit it was called east ethiopia even Alexander called it that.

It would be africa because remember continents are also politically based not just physically (hence the seperation of europe from eurasia ever think about it?)

me yea Im east Indian. Punjabi is my ethnic group/tribal group. But, I have always known that east indian is a nationionality my race will and always has been African. Lol I dont pass the paper bag or pencil test anyway so if we go bacc to apartheid or segregation im on the same side of the bus but regardless of that even it is what it is.

Reviewed by Kwame Mutulu 5/7/2007
Praise to the worthy mind.
Reviewed by Ingrid Khola (Reader) 5/12/2006
Wow girl you are good. Back in the day all women aspired to be white, have sharp noses and staight hair. Thank God to the awareness over the years finally we realise Black is Beautiful.
Excellent work Sandra.
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 1/7/2006
I've traveled the world, and there is someone in EVERY culture who feels downtrodden over something. The arguments in the Middle East over Sunni or whatever and whatever, is a prime example. The Saudis have their own quirks, and Hussein tried to wipe out many of his own culture as not the flavor of the day. American Indians are just as abused. When I traveled in the Far East, Malaysians hated India Indians. The saying was if you have a choice to trust a snake or an Indian, choose the snake. Consider this, Africa is the cradle of humanity, so therefore, we are all black somewhere in our family tree. (Me, I have Cherokee Indian in my family tree.)

Heritage enriches, it never detracts.

Reviewed by Cynthia Borris 7/14/2005

Eloquent. The unknown author should step forward and accept a pat on the back.

Reviewed by Roger Ochs 7/14/2005
Are you familiar with Duke Ellington? One of his best songs is "What Did I Do To Be So Black And Blue?". You've answered him wisely.
Reviewed by Paul Williams 7/14/2005
Superbly beautiful Sandi, black happens to be my favourite colour or non colour if you like. Do you think God had a Genetic Engeneering thing going on? lol.

Reviewed by Ronald Hull 7/13/2005
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Black skin is as beautiful as skin of any other color. In the end it doesn't matter what some people think, it only matters what you are.

Reviewed by Mr. Ed 7/13/2005
This is beautiful and inspirational, Sandra. And thanks for sharing it with us.

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