Because I'm Black
Of course, fried chicken
Is a part of my essential nutrients
Knowing how to "twerk"
In my blood
Because I am Black
I may very well know how to speak
with some English clarity on the street
But the second I get home, the oh so natural Ebonics roll off my tongue
Like beads of sweat
Off the face
Of the southern slave
Because I am Black I must jump not one, but two ropes
Or else how would I be trained
To tackle the fences
That Re-re and them, be jumpin
Not just coincidence
something making people believe that one color means another
That my skin tone
Is an attitude
Talkin bout some culture!
Haitian, Algerian or Nigerian
Not Jamaican or Native Australian
What culture? brown culture.
Because I am Black I was branded at birth
Thanks to Shay-shay, De'quan and all of they cousins,
Who did not heed their grandmother's warnings on lack of education
She knew. But they did not listen.
And so I pay up.
Because I'm Black.