Because I’m Black? by Steven Ward, Jr.
Originally posted on Brothers' Quarterly:
I heard you got into some really good schools.
Yeah, I guess it’s pretty cool.
How does it feel to know it was because you are black?
Hold on. Wait. You might want to take that back.
Why? We both know it’s true.
How about you think about if I were you?
What do you mean?
I have been told that since I was thirteen.
You see, I don’t know if you are trying to be mean.
But that’s how it seems. How dare you underestimate my merit.
Why I was accepted was not because of the skin I inherit.
Yet it was how hard I tried. So no need to be snide, because you didn’t get it.
But don’t devalue my wit, because you weren’t the perfect fit.
Now you are confused even though in my face you spit.
Hmmm. That doesn’t seem right. I…
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