Alice Walker Pens “Here It Is” Poem Inspired By Jesse Williams

Like many of us, Alice Walker was also inspired by Jesse Williams‘ powerful Humanitarian Award acceptance speech at the 2016 BET Awards.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Color Purple” wrote a poem in response to his message that addresses “fear of blackness in white culture.”

Read the poem below.

Here it is
the beauty that scares you
-so you believe-
to death.
For he is certainly gorgeous
and he is certainly where whiteness
to your disbelief
has not wandered off
to die.
No. It is there, tawny skin, gray eyes,
a Malcolm-esque jaw. His loyal parents
may Goddess bless them
sitting proud and happy and no doubt
amazed
at what they have done.
For he is black too. And obviously
with a soul
made of everything.
Try to think bigger than you ever have
or had courage enough to do:
that blackness is not where whiteness
wanders off to die: but that it is
like the dark matter
between stars and galaxies in
the Universe
that ultimately
holds it all
together.

-AW

Three deep bows to a beautiful son.

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