Pigeon holed; the world built a posse
that branded her not black enough.
She didn’t subscribe to the insidious
She didn’t pass the litmus test of real
Treated as a novelty in the black community.
Ostracized because somehow she didn’t
blend into the clan.
She felt isolated, ignored and marginalized
by her black brothers and sisters.
Educated; eloquent with a well enunciated
Sprung from a distinct background;
A black woman with an independent mindset.
Too white to be down.
The Oreo cookie; “not black, black”
Half, not whole.
She copes with a blinding spectrum.
Swallows snide comments with a straight face.
Tolerates slurred racial epithets thrown at her.
Labeled fake because of her strong convictions.
Painted a sell out because of her corporate hue.
Not black enough because of the way she speaks.
Like black is some sort of language.
Not black enough because of her complexion.
Too dark, too light- like something in her gravy
made up the strange looking creature that she is.
Not black enough because of her class, the way
she dresses, the music she listens to and her behavior.
Like the entire demographic should act and
think the same way.
Forced to define her racial identity and to
constantly prove that she is black.
Braving the knife of public scrutiny because her
melanin is considered fake.
Branded as a daughter of privilege- a woman
ignorant of the black problem.
A woman in their book who doesn’t know
struggle and hasn’t experienced racism.
Racism is global and not limited to a certain
The stories are shared, experiences are distinct
and diverse- the aspect of individuality is
deeply embroidered in everyone.
She doesn’t need to conform to a certain
way of life, embrace an idealized mindset in
order to be accepted as being black.
She doesn’t need to live a life that society splashes
in her face because of the color of her skin.
Being black is only about skin color.
It doesn’t matter where she comes from.
She won’t let anyone define her blackness
for her because of her lifestyle, tastes and