Negritude.
Article Type: Poem
Author: Flores, Shaggy
Pub Date: 12/01/2010
Publication: Name: Journal of Pan African Studies Publisher: Journal of Pan African Studies Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Social sciences Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Journal of Pan African Studies ISSN: 0888-6601
Issue: Date: Dec, 2010 Source Volume: 4 Source Issue: 2
Accession Number: 306754400
Full Text: --Shaggy Flores Nuyorican Massarican Poeta
Negritude
(For Pedro Pietri, Tato Laviera, Jesus Papoleto
Melendez and Trinidad Sanchez Jr.)

   We be those Negroes
   Born to Slave Hands
   Resurrecting forgotten African Gods
   When Transplanted to New Lands
   Mixing Ebonics
   With Splanglish Slang
   We be those Negroes
   Children of Yoruba y Ibo
   Bilingual and Indio
   Afro-Caribes
   Masters of plantation work
   Race mixing
   And Orisha Spirit raising

   We be those Negroes
   Creating Jazz with cats
   Named Bird, Dizzy, Duke, and Armstrong
   Cubop Bugalu Sal-Soul Searching Journey men
   Mongo-Santamaria/Chano Pozo Drum Gods
   And Celia Cruz
   AZUCAS!
   Legends leaving our cultural footprints
   On the muddy minds
   of the mentally dead

   We be those Negroes
   Creating Schomburg museums
   of Black Studies
   In Nuyorican Harlem streets
   Where we once dance
   during zoot suits riots
   to Conga
   Maraca
   Bata
   Break beats
   and Palladium Massacres

   We be those Negroes
   Drawn as Sambos and Jigaboos
   By political cartoonist
   Who couldn't erase
   The taste of
   Africa
   From Antillean Culinary
   Magicians
   Creating miracles
   with Curries call SoFritos

   We be those Negroes
   Younglords
   Island Nationalist
   Black Panthers
   Vieques Activist
   Santeros
   And Guerreros
   Brothers of Garvey
   Children ofMalcolm
   Black Spades
   Savage Skulls
   Chingalings
   And Latin Kings

   We be those Negroes
   Like Harvard Educated Lawyer
   Don Pedro Albizu Campos
   Stationed
   In all Black regiments
   Learning the reality
   Of Jim Crow Society
   And their gringolandia
   Government Race public policies
   Calling Bilingual Niggers
   Spics

   We be those Negroes
   Before Sosa
   Before Clemente
   Before Jackie
   Giving Negro league
   Baseball legends
   A place
   Under the sun
   to call home
   When no one else
   Would have them

   We be those Negroes
   Dancing
   Moving
   Breaking
   Egyptian
   Electric Boogalooing
   Locking
   On concrete jungles
   To Cool Herc
   Jamaican
   Sound Boy Systems
   And aerosol
   symphony backgrounds

   We be those Negroes
   Charlie Chasing
   Rock Steadying
   A dream call Hip-Hop
   In Bronx Backyard Boulevards
   Between
   Casitas and Tenements
   With Roaches for Landlords

   We be those Negroes
   Writing Epics
   Like Willie Perdomo testaments
   Called "Nigger-Recan Blues"
   And Victor Hernandez Cruz
   Odes to "African Things"
   Hiding our dark skinned
   Literary Abuelitas
   With Bembas Colora
   In places where the Whiteness police
   could never find them

   We be those Negroes
   Denied access to Black Nationalist run
   Karenga Kwanza Poetry readings
   Because we remind the ignorant
   Of the complexity that is their culture
   Neither Here nor There
   Not quite Brown
   Not quite White
   We navigate uncharted
   Waters
   Of Black Identity Boxes

   We be those Negroes
   Mulatto
   We be those Negroes
   Criollo
   We be those Negroes
   Moreno
   We be those Negroes
   Triguenos
   We be those Negroes
   Octoroons and Quadroons
   We be those Negroes
   Cimarrones and Nanny of the Maroons
   We be those Negroes
   Cienfuegos y Fidel
   We be those Negroes
   Luis Pales Matos and Aime Cesaire
   We be those Negroes
   Puentes,
   Mirandas,
   Riveras,
   Colons,
   Felicianos,
   Lavoes and
   Palmieris
   We be those Negroes
   Judio
   Y a veces
   Jodios
   We be those Negroes
   Dominicanos y Cubanos
   We be those Negroes
   Jaimiquinos y Haitianos
   We be those Negroes
   Panamenos y Borinquenos

   We be those Negroes
   Seeking freedom from
   Irrationality
   In an age of Nuclear
   Goya Families
   And Television
   Carbon Copy Clone
   Univision/BET/MTV
   Slave Children

   We be those Negroes
   Known by many names
   And many deeds
   Spoken ofin Secret
   By African-American
   Scholars
   In envy during their nightly
   Salsa
   Dance classes
   As they try
   To pick up White Girls

   We be those Negroes
   Caribbean
   Negritude
   Heroes
   Sometimes negating our destiny
   But always finding
   Peace
   In the Darkness
   Of Sleep

   We be those Negroes
   Negroes
   We
   Be
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