#ThrowbackThursday Poetry: Boycott the Dark Girl

Welcome to Week 3 of Black Poetry Writing Month, the most controversial. Why? Some people might not like what the Black Arts Movement stood for— militancy, radical activism, not going quietly into the night…

But what I love most about this era is that black writers didn’t seek approval or acceptance, but demanded what was rightfully theirs, the innate freedoms due to all Americans. Because we are ALL AMERICANS.

The poets of this generation were unapologetic in their message, they didn’t care who they offended, they didn’t care if their opinions were unpopular. They only cared for the liberation of their people.

In a similar fashion, Beyoncé’s 2016 Super Bowl halftime performance of her song “Formation” was unapologetic in it’s message, and boy did it make some people angry! This brings us to today’s BlaPoWriMo throwback…

Boycott the Dark Girl

Boycott the dark girl!

Don’t tell them about race; Middle America
doesn’t want to face your afros and wide nose,
your full lips and round hips.

Boycott the dark girl!

Rip open your blouse, measure the humpback
on which a nation’s edifices are housed,
count the scars from raw cowhide
whipped in formation of a chokecherry plantation.

Boycott the dark girl!

Mend your heartstrings across the violin bridge,
play an empowering song with the bow of your fist.
Splash shades of brown through the stadium field—
a prism of acceptance, their politics must yield.

Boycott the dark girl!

A call for peace, an end to violence
is an attack, they say.
You were beaten, raped,
your genitals dissected and put on display.

Dance on the boycott, dark girl;

Hatred can’t make them turn you away.
Your purple skin is imperial; reclaim your domain
as you slay on the stage in Black Panther berets.

—Nortina


Originally published February 10, 2016.

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3 thoughts on “#ThrowbackThursday Poetry: Boycott the Dark Girl

  1. Hi Nortina!

    Great, great poem. I loved every word and syllable. What’s interesting is that a biracial/other race boy made fun of a girl for her afro today.

    I gave him a quick education of what afros stood for and the bigger the fro the better. His jaw dropped! It is very sad(I say this often) that we are in this generation and there is still a lack of teaching that beautiful comes in all shades and features. We can not all look the same! Boring! Dark girls need love too. I always thought that girls/women with dark skin have the healthiest glow ever! Barely any marks and blemishes! I am brown but with blemishes LOL.

    Great Throwback.

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    1. The education starts with us. Children will repeat the sins of their parents unless they’re taught differently. We’ve got to stop teaching kids that unless someone looks a certain way, then they’re ugly. That is so untrue! Everyone is different, and that’s what makes us beautiful, whether you’re dark skin or light skin, whether your hair is straight, curly, kinky, or locked.

      And as my mom once said, they’re not “blemishes,” they’re beauty marks. 🙂

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