Poet Dave Harris Talks About ‘Sweet Tea’ And His Move To Arkansas

There are many things I love about the South. As the song “Summertime” says, “…the livin’ is easy” there. But there are some things that never sat quite right with me.

When I watched this video from poet Dave Harris, it struck home with me. After all, I didn’t live that far from El Dorado, Ark. Harris has a way of articulating everything I have ever felt, and he speaks with the authority and passion of someone who lived in the South.

Perhaps you feel that he exaggerates a bit, but I know he speaks truth because I have lived his story, particularly because the majority of my friends have always been black. As a result, I am all too aware of the prejudicial tides that pulse just beneath the surface of the community, always present, threatening to rise up and consume the people who live there.

Times are changing, however. I will grant that, but the shift is still very slow in coming. Perhaps one day time will erase the attitudes that trickled down from one generation to the next. But waiting for that day is like watching sand bury a city until it is nothing more than an artifact of another age. You know it will happen, but you will likely not live to see it transpire.

About Jathan Fink
Jathan is a journalist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. He is also a travel junkie, foodie and jazz aficionado. A California native, he resides in Texas.

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