Being Black in Society

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 14:48 -- WidneyN

 

How many times have your parents pulled you aside and had THE TALK

 

see black people have a different talk than your usual sex talk 

Rather than our parents telling us to have safe sex they're telling us to be respectful when confronting cops

 

Constantly having to listen to my fellow brothers and sisters tell me they’re afraid to live as a minority 

 

 “YOU DON'T GET AS MUCH CHANCES AS THEY DO”

“STRIVE TO BE SOMETHING GREATER, PROVE THEM WRONG”

 

conversations of us never knowing REAL freedom

If it is a FREE society then tell me why so many of MY brothers and sisters don't feel free

 

Tell me why it's been a struggle for MY brothers and sisters to prosper and became something other than a statistic or hashtag

 

Tell me why the moment a bullet or words of discrimination hits them they're instantly dehumanized...

 

We’re constantly told to 

Sit up 

Talk proper

Dress correctly

Nails clean 

Hair neat AND straight

EVERYTHING should be proper

Not black enough 

You act white for a black girl 

OH! where'd you get your hair from 

WOW! you have nice hair for a black girl

WHOAH! You cute for a dark skin 

 

Black girl this Black girl that...

 

Girls, Ladies, My Sisters I feel for you all 

 

Being a person of color is not enough for us but being women of color OH WHY that’s way tougher 

 

Not only are we faced with discrimination from others, but our own people who we call brothers fall into the stereotypes given to us 

 

Throughout my lifespan i've heard a brother say OUT LOUD WITH other black women in the room “oh I don’t mess with black women unless they got a big butt and tits...” “I just don’t mess with them dark skin women” 

 

Brothers Brothers why are you discriminating against your own people 

 

To be women and black is to know your not desirable by your own people

 

To be women and black is being born and knowing your beauty does not belong to you

 

To be women and black is growing up to protect men who hate you

 

To be women and black is having to be educated before you can even walk”

 

To be women and black is to become the backstory while living and the cover story when dead....

 

Being women and black is MAGIC

 

Being women and black is to be resilient, 

 

LADIES our very existence is defiance. 

 

WE ARE black girl magic 

 

Your SKIN is beautiful, gorgeous, worth gold and anyone who tells you different tell them that your GOLD is what founded this country.

 

Black girls are strong 

Mixed girls are strong

Latina girls are strong

My fellow white sisters are strong 

I am strong

WE are powerful

Your words may act like knives on paper 

But they can't defeat us 

We will not let you beat us down 

We will rise and we will be victorious 

 

 

This poem is about: 
Me
My community
Our world

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