Ariel Miles

Rookie (10-9-1991 / Brooklyn, Ny)

Nigger Please - Poem by Ariel Miles

Why is there so much conflict about the word 'nigger'
I'm 'black'
well caramel complexion
& I take no shame in it
Okay Okay
So...
Niggers were slaves
& I heard that
at picnics
they would pick a 'nigger' to hang
So the timberland logo
Is the tree that we were hung from
& that's my slave master riding the horse on polo
whoa! ! !
Why say 'we'
I'm living in a time when 'niggers' are free
I purchase clothes from designers
that I heard never converse with 'niggers'
Like
I seriously have a closet full of Tommy Hilfiger
F.U.B.U
is ugly if you ask me
For Us By Us
yea right
I rather purchase True Religion Jeans
& these companies target us 'niggers'
'cause we put most of the shoes on their feet
You claim
that you don't want drama
& that
you've suffered enough pain
Sticks & stones may break your bones
but a name like 'nigger' causes rage? ! ? ! ? !
Nigger Please! ! ! !


Comments about Nigger Please by Ariel Miles

  • (5/16/2006 10:58:00 AM)


    Quite right, it's just a word. In the 1930s over here, it was used as a description without any offence intended. (After all, we were still a colonial power.) It was a smart fashion color, and the local newspaper, which reported every detail of local weddings, frequently had reports such as
    'The bride went away in turquoise with nigger accessories'...
    That would look pretty strange now?
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  • (5/16/2006 8:54:00 AM)


    i think with a little more work on rhythm and word play, this could be a kick-ass slam poetry piece. i especially like the Timberland Tree tie-in to the hangings. very clever analogy there. makes you wonder if the lynchings ever really stopped. KRS-ONE probably wishes he thought of that.

    Jake
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Poem Submitted: Monday, May 15, 2006

Poem Edited: Monday, July 26, 2010


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