You look upon my skin with disgust
Yet you spend hours of your life darkening your skin by the sun
Why do you risk cancer to look like me?
How is it different when you are browned?
You stare at my weave with disapproval
But your “extensions” were purchased at the same store
Why is it that it’s okay for you to hate on my culture?
How is it different when you buy your hair?
You complain about my culture’s black history month
Yet I sit in class and learn about your history everyday
Why is it that the only history lesson I received about my culture is that we were slaves?
How is it wrong for me to want to learn about my history?
You tease me about the fullness of my lips
But you undergo injections to enlarge yours
Why is it that when you pay money for yours it is beautiful?
How can you belittle my lips when mine are natural?
You call me thug, dense, ghetto
Yet you have never met me
Why do you group me into a race?
How is it that you refuse to believe that I am NOT my race?