Acceptance

How can one say we’re equal,

When in reality we aren’t?

Are we not all human?

Why must my brothers and sisters work extra hard

to gain your approval?

Nothing we do will ever be good enough for you.

We’re judged by the colour of our skin

The kinks in our hair,

The curves in our body,

The slang etched into our dialect.

If we talk too proper we’re talking white,

If we don’t talk proper enough we’re ghetto.

Nothing we do will ever be good enough for you.

My people gave you majority of the music you listen to,

But we still aren’t enough.

We’re always kept in the dark so that you can shine,

When is it our turn to be in the spotlight?

When will we be praised for the greatness we exude,

And not the past we used to indulge in?

When will my people stop being oppressed for YOUR entertainment?

Our lives get taken from us in an instant,

Because you “feared for yours,”

Then come up with foolish reasons to justify you killing us.

We scream black lives matter,

You drown us out with all lives matter,

But do our lives really matter to you?

You keep us stuck in a system designed to oppress us,

Separate families to promote your broken home theory,

But we’re smarter than that.

The educated negro is more dangerous than an armed one,

Our words hold more power than any sword can,

And you’re scared.

You want to belittle us,

Take away our pride to make us feel inferior,

Make us doubt ourselves to boost your egos.

But we’re smarter than that.

We know that our very existence intimidates you,

So we walk with our heads held high in the face of adversity.

We know that it gets deep under your skin when we succeed,

So we keep striving for greatness.

But nothing we do will ever be good enough for you.

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