Not black enough( Breaking the racial epithet)

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

black women.

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;

raised differently.

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



©FloetryC 2017







Author: AfroetryC

I am an African woman and a mother to a precious little angel. I love to use the term "Afro-floetic Queen" mostly to describe my poetry and my roots. I love, soul music and inspirational bits of knowledge to offer advice and counseling to those who need it. I can be very witty, straight forward but fun. Ha. ha... A colorful perception of the world - expressed in my poetry. I want to inspire people with my Poetry...give them hope, while also advising them. Life is a learning process and i am happy when one of my pieces directly affects or inspires one of my readers. Let's take a detour around experience, and let me fill your minds with sweet poetic juices.... Note: Just changed my user name from FloetryC to AfroetryC because the latter is more personal and describes my Spoken Word Poetry better.

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