First published July 2016

Black don’t crack though it is terrorized.

Black don’t crack though it is beaten.

Black don’t crack though it is stolen.

Black don’t crack though it is killed.

Black don’t crack though it was demonized.

Though it was advertised.

Though it was cheated.

Though it was feared.

Black don’t crack under pressure.

Under hatred.

Under poverty.

Under solitude.

Black don’t crack in the struggle it faces.

The riches it supplies.

The slaves it relinquishes.

The souls it grieves.

Black don’t crack just as Selassie did not.

Just as Angelou did not.

Just as Ali did not.

Aeden Keffelew

Musician. Filmmaker. Author.

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