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Turn the Other Cheek

27 Aug

Why is this poem on this blog?

It is here because “turning the other cheek” as it is written in the Bible is not necessarily intelligent.

There are some things you should never, ever forget.

Do you think the Japanese forgot about internment or about 2 atomic bombs being dropped on their country? Do you think they will ever turn the other cheek?

Of course not and they should not. They will continue to kick ass in the auto and consumer electronics industry.

Do you think Jews forgot about the Holocaust? Do you think they will ever let YOU forget about the Holocaust?

Of course not and they should not. They will continue to strive for excellence in their chosen endeavors.

You need not and in most cases should not respond with violence, but one should never forget what was done to their people.

In short, turning the other cheek is for chumps – in my humble opinion.


This poem is a series of 35 haiku poems that are strung together in a series to tell a story. I call this style that I created a haiku chain poem. According to Dictionary.com, a haiku is a major form of Japanese verse, written in 17 syllables divided into 3 lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables, and employing highly evocative allusions and comparisons, often on the subject of nature or one of the seasons; or a poem written in this form.

This poem is about 3 events in Black American history: The success of the Tuskegee Airmen; the treachery of the Tuskegee Experiment; and the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921.

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I hope that you enjoy this poem.


“Turn the Other Cheek”

© 2012 Tyrone Turner

All rights reserved.

Can we all just get
That was the question
Rodney King asked us.

Maybe One Bright Day,
but not today. Not until
ancestors get love.

Love in the sense of
remembering those who went
before us. Our saints.

Our saints are those who
sacrificed life, limb and their
property. So brave.

Up From Slavery,
like Booker T. Washington.
A great example.

Education and
manufacturing were our
keys to better days.

He started the
Tuskegee Institute. A
proud HBCU [Historically Black Colleges and Universities]

It was the home of
the famed Tuskegee Airmen.
Red Tails made their mark.

Teaching Black men to
fly airplanes? What a crazy
experiment, right?

Well, not one long-range
bomber was lost under their
watch. That’s a record!

How about how the
name of this great school was made
dirty by the feds?

The government had
another experiment.
Let’s talk about it.

Poor, Black sharecroppers
in Alabama. Given
Syphilis by feds.

Injected because
they were told that they had “Bad Blood.”
Hippocratic Oath?

Nope! They did do harm.
To see how long it would take
for death to arrive.

To see what symptoms
they had and to see if it
could be used in war.

warfare had a test group now.
Unwilling testers.

U.S.A. Prez, Bill
Clinton, apologized for
this atrocity.

An apology won’t
erase the evil done to
these trusting people.

Tulsa, a city
the state of Oklahoma
had a “Black Wall Street.”

They were doing their
thing! A Black neighborhood in
the Midwest winning.

Greenwood, Archer and
Pine Streets are in Tulsa. The
GAP Band got its name.

Things were all gravy
until the Ku Klux Klan spread
word to lynch a man.

A Black man named Dick
Rowland, a 19-year-old
shoeshiner was jailed.

Jailed because he
supposedly assaulted
a White woman.

Sarah Page was that
woman. She screamed when she saw
him. The police was called.

A race riot was
started. Tulsa burned. How sad.
Was it hate or oil?

Maybe it was oil.
The Burning started back in

At the tail end of
the 1910s oil boom. It
could have been for oil.

Jews will never let
the world forget about the
Holocaust. Never.

Americans will
always remember when the
Twin Towers fell down.

Black folks, remember
what happened in Tuskegee.
The good and the bad.

Do not forget what
happened in Tulsa. You Dropped
a Bomb on Me
, Klan.

We must not forgive –
and never forget the dead
and those they made sick.

If you do, just get
ready to be slapped. Fools will
turn the other cheek.