I wrote this poem, Black & White, to express how I feel being an ethnically diverse individual.
Black & White
Half black and half white, so it makes sense that I feel gray
Represented by the clothes that I wear every day
Talking about my side that isn’t safe in the streets
I feel like a doughnut, guess who’s looking for a treat
Even at home where I try to relax and eat
I’m asked if I’ll rob, instead of friendly greets
Same thing at school, all the clowns speak in tweets
Slur after slur, they treat me like a freak
Report to the teachers, gave them all of the receipts
Funny how suddenly their vision would deplete
And I’m the one that they tell to take a seat
And for the side that most don’t even see
Sometimes that “most” is in the family
I get the look that says “You’re not related to me”
And when I’m outside with mom, it’s the same thing I notice
The scenario in their head, with me as the focus
“Why is he following that poor woman everywhere?”
“They’re obviously not related, look no further than their hair”
So as you can see, it’s a war on both sides
I won’t choose a team, so I’ll just have to hide
I rarely felt like I fit in anyway, so it doesn’t even matter
But until then, it’s time to be an actor
Since high school, I started feeling the effects of being ethnically diverse. I feel quite uncomfortable when I am the only black person in a group of white folks, due to past experiences where ignorant and racist comments have been made. Even in a group of all black folks, I still become a little uncomfortable because I feel like I lack a lot of cultural knowledge, therefore it’s been difficult to relate to others.
I very much prefer being in a diverse setting; where there are people that come from all sorts of ethnic backgrounds. It puts me much more at ease knowing I am not outnumbered, and there are multiple cultures present.
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And check out this poem submitted by Emorie, it’s a very stellar writing piece.