It is an impoverishment that is less sure of its place in the world than that which afflicts the poor, who are often sure enough of their poverty to find comfort in it.
It is the fear of invisibility that haunts you. It is the part of you that believes being made small will help you achieve big things
Despite your huge potential, your options and choices are limited because your mind is narrow and so, even though you venture into new territory it is not because you are daring, it is because you are in possession of enough capital to fund your impoverishment. You are the creation that lacks creativity.
You are capable only of speaking for yourself and the masses consider it an audacity that you would be offended when the masses speak against you and refuse to part with the pennies that keep them inches from penury to buy a product that does not adequately reflect their experience of hardship or uphold their expectation of joy.
You are not concerned with your black beauty but you will interrogate and even mock another’s because for you, black beauty is not something that ought to be celebrated but ignored. For you, assimilating with white communities instead of black communities is not a simple preference it is a removal of the unruly black support system that threatens to derail your attempts to successfully infiltrate the status quo. You misappropriate.
Stop seeking validation and start seeking meaning. Before you start, stop and think through your strategy. Before you use words, choose words cautiously and ensure that sentence is instrumental rather than detrimental. Stop, because until you know yourself implicitly, everything you do explicitly to convince people that you are well informed, versatile and relevant will leave you yearning for acceptance at every turn.
Education is more than the accumulation of information. Humility is more than subtlety. Empathy is more than listening and the desire to be heard is not as important as hearing what you say after it has been said and accepting correction.
Is this you? If so … Who the hell are you?
You Poor Black Fool!