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    when black people speak... — Gwendolyn Brooks

    "Primer For Blacks" by Gwendolyn Brooks

    "Primer For Blacks" by Gwendolyn Brooks

    Blackness
    is a title,
    is a preoccupation,
    is a commitment Blacks
    are to comprehend—
    and in which you are
    to perceive your Glory.
     
    The conscious shout
    of all that is white is
    “It’s Great to be white.”
    The conscious shout
    of the slack in Black is
    "It's Great to be white."
    Thus all that is white
    has white strength and yours.
     
    The word Black
    has geographic power,
    pulls everybody in:
    Blacks here—
    Blacks there—
    Blacks wherever they may be.
    And remember, you Blacks, what they told you—
    remember your Education:
    “one Drop—one Drop
    maketh a brand new Black.”
             Oh mighty Drop.
    ______And because they have given us kindly
    so many more of our people
     
    Blackness
    stretches over the land.
    Blackness—
    the Black of it,
    the rust-red of it,
    the milk and cream of it,
    the tan and yellow-tan of it,
    the deep-brown middle-brown high-brown of it,
    the “olive” and ochre of it—
    Blackness
    marches on.
     
    The huge, the pungent object of our prime out-ride
    is to Comprehend,
    to salute and to Love the fact that we are Black,
    which is our “ultimate Reality,”
    which is the lone ground
    from which our meaningful metamorphosis,
    from which our prosperous staccato,
    group or individual, can rise.
     
    Self-shriveled Blacks.
    Begin with gaunt and marvelous concession:
    YOU are our costume and our fundamental bone.
          
          All of you—
          you COLORED ones,
          you NEGRO ones,
    those of you who proudly cry
          “I’m half INDian”—
          those of you who proudly screech
          “I’VE got the blood of George WASHington in MY veins”
          ALL of you—
                you proper Blacks,
          you half-Blacks,
          you wish-I-weren’t Blacks,
          Niggeroes and Niggerenes.

          You.