The Nigger in Me

If I’ve ever been tired of something
Today was the day
I walked in a class of white AU students
And that bigot looked my way

My fury still surges
From the last time we encountered
Words exchanged
Feelings changed

Does any of it matter?

I’m not who you think I am
Not colored, just vivid and alive
I’m not loud or obnoxious
Occasionally late but remember
I’m on ‘colored’ people’s time

What you don’t know is that I’m smart
Maybe smarter than you
I’m passionate and understanding

Is that foreign to you?

The staff should have known better
Than to say we are diverse
That bullshit’s a lie
We are only dispersed

Should have never added Racism
To the syllabus
Should have checked to see if it still exists

Guess what?

It does

And I am still Rosa, still Martin, still Malcolm
I’m still the little black girl that can’t drink from a white fountain
And you are still that cop with the billy club
Still that white woman who spits in my face
Or smacks me down when I try to get up

And yes…I think I still love you
You are human just like me

But I don’t love the white bitch in you
And you hate the nigger in me

The Nigger in Me

Brandyss Adams

Joined January 2008

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We all know about racism….but we never talk about it. Seriously, ask yourself how this topic makes you feel. We don’t want to touch it because we know it’s still there…it will never go away….

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