The Sum

The Sum Being called N-Word How many times? Being underestimated because I am a Black womanSeveral timesSnubbed because I am BlackToo many times Ignored because I am a womanLots of timesA look of surprise and a frown when I say that my mother read to meCountless timesEducation and hard work devaluedSo many timesAssumed to have come from povertyA few timesPeople shocked when they find out that I have a relationship with my fatherLots of timesCalled other derogatory names used for African-Americans More than a couple of timesNot trusted because of my raceNumerous timesThe sum of this allToo many damn times 

This poem is about: 
Me
My community
Our world

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