Alice Walker Publishes Poem Inspired by Jesse Williams’ BET Awards Speech

It seems everyone of good social conscious was moved by Jesse Williams’ acceptance speech at the 2016 BET Awards, this includes Pulitzer Prize award winning author Alice Walker.

On Thursday, Walker published a poem on her website titled “Here It Is” discussing the white fear of black cultural encroachment and excellence. stating that “…blackness is not where whiteness
wanders off to die.”

Here It Is

By Alice Walker

Here it is
the beauty that scares you
-so you believe-
to death.
For he is certainly gorgeous
and he is certainly where whiteness
to your disbelief
has not wandered off
to die.
No. It is there, tawny skin, gray eyes,
a Malcolm-esque jaw. His loyal parents
may Goddess bless them
sitting proud and happy and no doubt
at what they have done.
For he is black too. And obviously
with a soul
made of everything.
Try to think bigger than you ever have
or had courage enough to do:
that blackness is not where whiteness
wanders off to die: but that it is
like the dark matter
between stars and galaxies in
the Universe
that ultimately
holds it all

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