Jiggaboo Jenkins

Jiggaboo Jenkins

A Poem by Rico X
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Political and Socially Conscious Free Verse Poetry

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Black History Challenge
Poem #5
Jiggaboo Jenkins
Spent his whole
Life thinking of ways
Not to display to the
World that he was Black
In fact his was father was
Extremely dark skin
While his mother was
White gives you some
Insight into
How and why he lived
His life as "other"
Hoping that no one
Would discover his secret
As he thought it was cruel
To be defined by
The one drop rule
So he thought that
It would make sense
To misrepresent his
Pecan almond a*s
To all men especially
Those who were White
As the struggle for
Civil Rights
Never crossed his mind
As he stayed on the
Other side of the picket lines
Because he could not
Identify or understand
Why they were protesting
Because he was protecting
His lie this is how he's
Able to justify
His position by omitting
What he truly was
And that was Black
He left home and
Never looked back
Because the reality is
That he didn't want to
Live his life as a minority
Jiggaboo Jenkins aka
Jay Jay got away with
This for a short time
Until they discovered
His crime
And hung him by the
Vine
Never thought his own
Kind would do that
But when they discovered
He was Black
The deception needed
Correction
As the hate he tried
To escape
Left Jiggaboo Jenkins
Rotting and stinking
Because he was thinking
That his light pecan
Almond a*s would
Get a pass from all men
This is where his story
Begins and ends
Amen
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© 2021 Rico X


Author's Note

Rico X
This is part of a challenge to write a different poem every day for the month of February for a grand total of 28.

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Okay, some problems:

1. Chopping an essay into a stack of small lines doesn’t make it poetry. And dropping in a few rhymes doesn't, either. But since it was a political piece, I've reviewed it as that.

2. The name you’ve chosen for the man is 100% racist, and in common useage as such when I lived in Alabama in the 60's. It’s not one he, or anyone, would have used as a name in life, so the reference to him being known as Jay Jay is contrived, and the “given” name is obviously a racist trope, chosen to push buttons. It matters not at all which side you fall on, or your intent, it’s deliberately offensive and therefore indefensible.

3. When restored to essay format there are some obvious problems:

a. The first line makes no sense. If you’re light enough to pass, and do, why would you spend your life trying to figure out how to do what you’ve already done? Obviously, a lot of the story you envision is still in your head, when it should have been on the page.

b. Based on the fact that, as the text says, his dad was “very” black, the “one drop rule,” was irrelevant to him because it refers to ancestry, not color. And with one "full blooded" parent of either designation the rule is irrelevant. Did you study history? I lived it, and can tell you that you’re way off here.

c. “Pecan almond a*s,” is another, deliberately offensive term, when used by either race.

d. “He stayed on the other side of ‘the’ picket lines?” Both sides had them. So what’s the other side? You’re saying that he did come out and was at the lines, but that makes no sense. He’d be the last person to appear at them, on either side.

e. You say, “…got away with this for a short time, until they discovered his crime.” But that doesn’t square with, “spent his whole life.”

f. “Never thought his own kind would do that?” But you clearly said, “truly was: and that was Black.” So you need to make up your mind. You say, he was lynched by “his own kind.”

Bottom line: You need to two two things. First, edit your work more carefully. And second, stop posting racist crap.
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The piece, presented as the essay it actually is:
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Jiggaboo Jenkins spent his whole life thinking of ways not to display to the world that he was Black.

In fact his (was) father was extremely dark skin(ed), while his mother was White gives you some insight into how and why he lived his life as "other," hoping that no one would discover his secret. As he thought it was cruel to be defined by the one drop rule.

So he thought (that) it would make sense to misrepresent his “pecan almond a*s” to all men, especially those who were White.

As the struggle for civil rights never crossed his mind; as he stayed on the other side of the picket lines; because he could not identify or understand why they were protesting; because he was protecting his lie. This is how he's able to justify his position by omitting what he truly was: and that was Black.

He left home and never looked back, because the reality is that he didn't want to live his life as a minority.

Jiggaboo Jenkins aka Jay Jay got away with this for a short time, until they discovered his crime, and hung him by the vine.

Never thought his own kind would do that, but when they discovered he was black the deception needed correction. As the hate he tried to escape left Jiggaboo Jenkins rotting and stinking because he was thinking that his “light pecan a”lmond a*s would get a pass from white men

This is where his story begins and ends

Amen


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2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Rico X

2 Months Ago

First thank you for taking the time to review this poem and there are some interesting things I find.. read more
Rico X

2 Months Ago

Sorry I forgot to comment on these points that you have made:

1.He stayed on the othe.. read more
Rico X

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I am African- American I have lived from the 60's to current. I live my life in constant fear and I .. read more



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Okay, some problems:

1. Chopping an essay into a stack of small lines doesn’t make it poetry. And dropping in a few rhymes doesn't, either. But since it was a political piece, I've reviewed it as that.

2. The name you’ve chosen for the man is 100% racist, and in common useage as such when I lived in Alabama in the 60's. It’s not one he, or anyone, would have used as a name in life, so the reference to him being known as Jay Jay is contrived, and the “given” name is obviously a racist trope, chosen to push buttons. It matters not at all which side you fall on, or your intent, it’s deliberately offensive and therefore indefensible.

3. When restored to essay format there are some obvious problems:

a. The first line makes no sense. If you’re light enough to pass, and do, why would you spend your life trying to figure out how to do what you’ve already done? Obviously, a lot of the story you envision is still in your head, when it should have been on the page.

b. Based on the fact that, as the text says, his dad was “very” black, the “one drop rule,” was irrelevant to him because it refers to ancestry, not color. And with one "full blooded" parent of either designation the rule is irrelevant. Did you study history? I lived it, and can tell you that you’re way off here.

c. “Pecan almond a*s,” is another, deliberately offensive term, when used by either race.

d. “He stayed on the other side of ‘the’ picket lines?” Both sides had them. So what’s the other side? You’re saying that he did come out and was at the lines, but that makes no sense. He’d be the last person to appear at them, on either side.

e. You say, “…got away with this for a short time, until they discovered his crime.” But that doesn’t square with, “spent his whole life.”

f. “Never thought his own kind would do that?” But you clearly said, “truly was: and that was Black.” So you need to make up your mind. You say, he was lynched by “his own kind.”

Bottom line: You need to two two things. First, edit your work more carefully. And second, stop posting racist crap.
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The piece, presented as the essay it actually is:
---------------------------------------------------


Jiggaboo Jenkins spent his whole life thinking of ways not to display to the world that he was Black.

In fact his (was) father was extremely dark skin(ed), while his mother was White gives you some insight into how and why he lived his life as "other," hoping that no one would discover his secret. As he thought it was cruel to be defined by the one drop rule.

So he thought (that) it would make sense to misrepresent his “pecan almond a*s” to all men, especially those who were White.

As the struggle for civil rights never crossed his mind; as he stayed on the other side of the picket lines; because he could not identify or understand why they were protesting; because he was protecting his lie. This is how he's able to justify his position by omitting what he truly was: and that was Black.

He left home and never looked back, because the reality is that he didn't want to live his life as a minority.

Jiggaboo Jenkins aka Jay Jay got away with this for a short time, until they discovered his crime, and hung him by the vine.

Never thought his own kind would do that, but when they discovered he was black the deception needed correction. As the hate he tried to escape left Jiggaboo Jenkins rotting and stinking because he was thinking that his “light pecan a”lmond a*s would get a pass from white men

This is where his story begins and ends

Amen


Posted 2 Months Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Rico X

2 Months Ago

First thank you for taking the time to review this poem and there are some interesting things I find.. read more
Rico X

2 Months Ago

Sorry I forgot to comment on these points that you have made:

1.He stayed on the othe.. read more
Rico X

2 Months Ago

I am African- American I have lived from the 60's to current. I live my life in constant fear and I .. read more

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