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Nigger, Watch Your Back.. [ Inspired By A Book I Read, By Richard Wright***: The Ethics Of Living Jim Crow; Short; African-American Civil Rights; Racial Discrimination ]

Richard Wright (1908-1960)died of a heart attack.

When growing up, ‘black', in Mississippi, he learned to watch his "nigger" back,
i.e. he learned ‘his place' in dealings with the dominating ‘Southern Whites'.
He didn't live long enough to witness emerging U.S. "Civil Rights".

President Lincoln's 1860s Emancipation Proclamation "freed" slaves.
Blacks could no longer be owned, BUT, for many, "plagued" could be their days.

(winter 2018-2019)

Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Topic(s) of this poem: american history,black african american,civil rights,slavery
POET'S NOTES ABOUT THE POEM
*** [ Bri's Notes: Author Richard Wright's grandparents were been born into slavery and freed as a result of the American Civil War.Literary critics believe his work helped change race relations in the United States in the mid-20th century.

To "watch one's back" means to be careful, which could mean to stay out of trouble or be ready to defend against injury. ]
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COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Douglas Scotney 30 April 2019

In jail, 'watch one's back' is' 'don't bend over in the shower'.

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Bri Edwards 10 October 2020

2 - If I Woke Up, Black... [skin Color; Response To Diana Van Den Berg; Short; Humour; Fantasy] , Watch Your Back.. [ Inspired By A Book I Read, By Richard Wright***: The Ethics Of Living Jim Crow; Short; African-American Civil Rights; Racial Discrimination ] bri :)

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Valsa George 29 May 2019

There are many who stood for the freedom of the blacks, but couldn't witness the dawn of an era of freedom. The book by Richard Wright must be quite inspiring to all lovers of justice and liberty! A succinct memoir!

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Paul Brookes 07 May 2019

An interesting write sometimes though chains can be of the mind and as the old saying goes tell someone they are lesser for long enoutgh they will believe it Great thoughtful write

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Sorry, I do not like the word, that´s why he doed of a heart attack. Thank you for sharing, but that word I mentioned is OBSOLETE. The black man, the dark man, the dark tanned man and all those. But thank YOU, Bri

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Kumarmani Mahakul 30 April 2019

You have read a lovely book and got right inspiration. This talks about history and amazingly you have explained your perception. Thank you very much for sharing this wonderful poem.

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