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Anton Rigney #000413179B
11/29/2020

I’m A Tortured Man!

They take my kindness for weakness
They take my silence for speechlessness
They consider my uniqueness strange

They kall my language slang
They see my confidence as conceit
They see my mistakes as defeat

They consider my success accidental
They minimize my intelligence to “potential”

My kweschuns mean I’m aware
My advancement is somehow unfair

Any praise is preferential treatment
To voice concern is discontentment

If I stand up for myself, I’m too defensive
If I don’t trust them, I’m too apprehensive

I’m a deviant if I separate
I’m fake if I assimilate

My character is constantly under attack
Pride for my race makes me “too black”

I’m a tortured man!

 

 

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