Inside We are the Same


When I was eight, I tried to hand my crush a cookie

he stared at it and said, "do blacks make their cookies different?"

I stared at his bright freckled hand and fire glazed hair

and responded "yah, we add a butt load of sugar."

That day I realized for the first time people see me as different


When I was twelve, I won the science fair

a disgruntled dad complained to my teacher

saying "she's a minority, save the advantages for college."

I didn't understand then, but my mom got really mad

and dragged me out cursing "the damn racist." 

I didn't understand the man but I knew that r-word


When I was fourteen, I went shopping with my friends

they made comments about Hollister "being a white store" 

I looked around to see Asians, Hispanics, and whites buying clothes

I realized what they meant was Hollister is a "light skin store"

And I wished for the millionth time by now, I wasn't black.


Now I'm seventeen, and used to these comments

I talk in a proper manner so "I'm a white washed Oreo"

I have days when I feel good about myself until someone says

"you're really pretty for a black girl" as if it's a compliment to say,

it's shocking you're pretty because blacks usually aren't

or "you'd be prettier if your skin was a little lighter"


I let these hurtful comments soak into my head for far too long

my mom found me crying in the bathroom one day

sorrounded by creams that advertised a way to whiten skin

she told me "black, white, and everything in between, 

we are all the same on the inside, we are human,

and it is up to me to show that I'm just human."



I agree with you. Sarcasm and snarky, confrontational comments on the internet annoy me... it's like hearing something really annoying with my eyeballs.

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