Thursday, January 2, 2014

(What did I do to be so) Black and Blue

Being black ain't so bad, it's just inconvenient!--elder black woman

1 comment:

  1. Louis Armstrong turned it into a song after Ralph Ellison immortalized it at the end of the
    "Prologue" to "The Invisible Man." I think Ellison was talking about consciousness of being black rather than just being black while Armstrong was bemoaning its consequences. In both cases there is a difference in having been born black and being black. But we all know what it is to be blue, blue is the color of the sky. But the sun looks down from the sky on the black and the white alike, baking and tanning and tantalizing the white skin, but stymied by melanin in the black skin and diminished by black skin, which it can neither tan nor whiten but blacken further, as the black skin captures and consumes the essence of the sun. Now put that in your pipe and smoke it.