Black Arts Movement poet releases Notes from 1619
A collection of poetry written in remembrance of one man's ancestral linkage to the arrival of the first Africans four hundred years ago to what became the United States of America.
The author hopes that these poems will educate white readers on their connection to the architects of the system of slavery and all the racial horrors that are a direct result of slavery in a way that would encourage them to make a proper moral assessment on these people's role in history. The poems expose white barbarism in stark terms and the honest bluntness could lead to the mistaken assertion that all whites are racist. While the author knows all white people are not racist, they all benefited from racism thus they all must contribute to the solution – the point of these edgy poems. He states, "I know that there are many unbiased white people who are self-assured enough to know that they would still fare well in an unbiased society; they are the hope of this book."
Reading Notes from 1619 will not be a sunny stroll in the park, but rather a trek through a minefield that makes one better for having successfully maneuvered through it. Reading Notes from 1619 is perhaps the closest many readers will ever get to the pain created by white supremacy and suffered by African Americans and, it is the author's hope, that this moves many to become a catalyst for justice – now.