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Racism By Jericho Brown

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Jericho Brown, who worked as a speechwriter for the mayor of New Orleans, with no sense of sadness, anger, sarcasm, or anything else. As an African American man, he admits that “Nobody in this nation feels safe, and I’m still a reason why.” (Teicher). His poems were written before Michael Brown, and African American black man, was shot by police in the suburb. This was the kind of racial profiling that black people view every day in their lives. Racism is just one of the many themes the Brown writes about in his poems. He also writes about male beauty, coming into one’s own as a lover and sexual beings, and eroticism between men. Not one other poet has ever used the Bible to write their poems since D.A. Powell’s poems. Until now, Brown…show more content…
The three topics are the problems about how Brown faces his identity as a gay man, his personal morals, and his relationship to the Lord and people around him. His poem “The Interrogation” it addresses the racial profiling and the relationship with another person. It seems to be about the death of his brother, and the guilt that the person felt about what has happened. The speaker also seems to allow his “sins” in “The Ten Commandments” and other poems like it refers to a relationship between the love and punishment. The Bible refers to the “brotherly love” used in the poem, but it is used for the brother revolting against brothers in their relationship. The word “brother” can be used to describe a friend or friends and other men or people that are in the poems. Use of the Bible language in the book serves as a base for Brown’s personal poems he writes about. He even uses them in poems about himself and a lover, and other combinations that he has in his life that he writes about in his poems. A lot of his work is about his personal life, and it is to help us as readers to feel the need to be justice and to feel the love of the people around us. In the poem, “To Be Seen,” the speaker is having a visit with the doctor, and him having a “God” moment. Brown is talking to the doctor, sounding mad and he also uses the language of faith to make it better. The struggle for him throughout, this is to be understood as a person and as a poet as
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