we the people of the united states
as members of the human race
are biologically programmed
we have evolved over billions of years
and we have discovered through
trial and error
process of elimination
that the best way to stay alive
is to stay afraid.
everyone has a fear
and growing up,
was afraid of the dark
but not the way you would think
see the dark i feared
couldn’t be fixed with a night light
my monsters weren't under my bed
they were in my head
i wasn’t scared of the night
i was afraid of the skin that i lived in
we are fundamentally afraid of that which
we do not understand
and i simply did not understand.
could not understand
why my skin was so brown
why my hair grew up
instead of down
i did not understand
that the dark
is not to be feared
it is to be cherished
it is to be awed.
when you look at the night sky, what do you think?
and when i look in the mirror
that’s what i think.
i understand that my lips are full
and my skin is dark
that i’ll never have a narrow nose
or hair that slaps my ass as i walk
but god damn it
I'm not afraid to slap my own ass
I'm not afraid to wear bright colors and big earrings and short hair
I'm not afraid to walk with my hands in the air
I'm not afraid of the dark anymore
i am the dark.
should be afraid of me.