Why do you act so white?
A question i’ve heard many times before
Is it because I speak well?
Is it because I get good grades?
Maybe its because I read a lot
does that make a person
I used to question myself all the time
Was i supposed to be a certain way?
Was i making a mockery of my race because of my
Maybe it’s because I went to a mainly white school
Making excuse after excuse for being called the whitest
black girl around
but I no longer make excuses
As I got older,
and learned more of the world,
I grew to realize
I’m not acting white.
In a society where the color of your skin
A meaningless sack
determines who you are
what you say
what you believe
who you marry
how many kids you have
what language you speak
how smart you are
how impoverished you are
How motivated you are
How you act.
I’ve learned that the acts of a few have been broadcasted
Putting them in a small black box
with no room for change.
I’m not acting white. I’m not acting black.
I’m acting like a human being.
I refuse to be stuck into a box,
a cage formed by society.
The pigment of my skin does not determine who I am.