Hi
Does anyone who does this quote came from " The only thing I have to do is stay
black and die!?
Hi Does anyone who does this quote came from " The only thing I have to do is stay black and die!?

I have never heard that quote, though I don't challenge its meaning.

Where or when (or from whom) did you hear it?
The expression I have heard is "I may as well lie down and die", or "give up and die". Your quotation certainly has the feel of someone who has reached a depressing moment or sense of futility. It may be an expression that some US black person has stated, though I think among US blacks there is a PC kind of feeling that improving themselves does not mean trying to grow out of their blackness.
Hi Does anyone who does this quote came from " The only thing I have to do is stay black and die!?

A quick wander around Yahoo suggests it was Langston Hughes in the late 40s or early 50s in this poem:
Necessity
Work?
I don't have to work.
I don't have to do nothing
but eat, drink, stay black, and die.
This little old furnished room's
so small I can't whip a cat
without getting fur in my mouth
and my landlady's so old
her features is all run together
and God knows she sure can overcharge-
Which is why I reckon I does
have to work after all.

John Dean
Oxford