If Malik El Shabazz Was Alive

Black Poetry


He would shake his fist

at the last election because

a black man was president

and white people got upset

enough to elect an idiot.


Malcolm Little would shake his

head at such foolishness, unable

to contain his disbelief that in

this day, this pinnacle of modern

times, such decisions were made

by humans.


If Malcolm X spoke to us, we

would be firmly chastized for short

memoried progression toward comforts;

forgetting to be vigilent lest

jealous bigotry arise and burn new

crosses on black lawns.







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