The Poetry Question

Discovering the Relevance of Words

Does Poetry Have a Race?

Legendary Rapper Scarface had some pretty harsh statements for the world of hip-hop this morning:


As someone whose English Lit major focused on poets of the Harlem Renaissance, and still fell in love with the words of Blake, and Donne, and Yeats, and Keats, and Adrianne Rich I never really considered that there was a need to separate the races when it came to passionate words, and honest thoughts. While I do agree that writers who come from different backgrounds have different perspectives, I don’t feel that any is better than the other. People who take an interest in words need to understand the perspective of as many cultures as possible, or else they fail to grasp the reasons why certain people write about certain concepts.

While there has definitely been a massive influx of white emcees and poets over the last couple of decades, it doesn’t mean that anyone is taking over a certain genre. People are simply finding their voices, and last time I checked, voices and thoughts do not come with colors.

About Christopher Margolin

Chris Margolin spent more than a decade in Education as a high school English teacher, and is now an Instructional Coach for the Longview School District. He is also the founder of The Poetry Question, an online journal which focuses on reviews of small press poetry publications, and runs a regular series called "The Power of Poetry," where notable poets share their personal stories of how poetry has affected their lives. Margolin resides in Vancouver, Washington with his wife, and daughter.

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