BLACK IS ?
1 Black is the warm feeling you have knowing you've created so many good jobs for whites in the poverty programme.
2 Black is when the only time you can hit a white cat in self-defence without getting busted is in a boxing ring.
3 Black is knowing Elvis Presley made millions doing what your cousin did better and for free
30 years ago.
4 Black is when you bring your suit home from the cleaners and you get busted for stealing it.
5 Black is not having to get in the mood to sing the blues.
6(a) Black is being accused of causing trouble but always winding up as the casualties.
6(b) Black is getting the same treatment by the police whether you're violent or non-violent.
7 Black is when you root for Indians to beat John Wayne.
8 Black is feeling I'll really be free when they cast a soul brother in a deodorant commercial.
9 Black is being mayor of the city and banned in suburbs.
10 Black is not needing a psychiatrist to tell you what is bugging you.
11 Black is when you're dying of thirst in the desert and in your mirage the water fountain says "Whites only".
12 Black is when you'd rather face the Vietcong than the friendly copy in your own neighbourhood.
13 Black is when you meet the devil to sell him your soul, he gets embarrassed and says, "I can't give you quite as much as I offered you over the 'phone".
14 Black is fighting on both sides of the Civil War and losing anyway.
15 Black is not marrying the boss's daughter.
16 Black is when you get patronised by everybody downtown - and you don't even own a store.
17 Black is being told you ran down a neighbourhood that was 50 years old when you finally got to move in.
18 Black is being the first one on your block to have a rock through your window.
19 Black is being in the best part of town until the dinner dishes are done.
20 Black is learning at an early age that equality is only skin deep.
21 Black is when you're in court to be judged by a jury of your peers and all your peers look like they'd been bleached.
By Dr Martin Luther King
ON WORKING WHITE LIBERALS
I don't ask the foreign legion
or anyone to win my freedom
Or to fight my battle better than I can.
Though there's one thing that I cry for
I believe enough to die for
That is every man's responsibility to man.
I'm afraid they'll have to prove first
that they'll watch the black man move first
Then follow him with faith to kingdom come,
This rocky road is not paved for us,
So, I'll believe in liberal's aid for me
When I see a white man load a black man's gun.
By Maya Angelou