Benkos Bioho

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It’s in us to be subservient to the dominant race – ancestral memory tells us so – its in us to appease to their liking – ancestral memory tells us so – its in us to seek their validation and approval – ancestral memory tells us so – but what I am here to tell you is this 


You don’t have to – and ancestral memory tells us so 


Word to Benkos Bioho 


Be unapologetically proud of your beautiful black skin 

Stand in your blackness 



Like the roots of the trees that bear strange fruit Billie Holiday sung about

You are as rare as obsidian 

Natural volcanic glass found in central Oregon 

Produced from felsic lava 

500 times sharper than a blade 

Shining in its beautiful Black Exterior



  • Benkos Bioho