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Not Black? This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

Bianca S., Hallandale, FL By Coder.Bixi, Hialeah, FL

Black on black – don't you see my hardships at all?
White on black – are you trying to make me fall?

But a look in the mirror
And I can't see any color at all.
My ethnicity,
That breath in me,
That's what it's supposed to be.

But my knowledge, my accent
Isn't any white part of me.

I won't stop because
I'm Black or Negro or African-American
Not because I'm Caribbean, St. Lucian or
Any character in this foreign place.

They call me an
Exceptional Negro
A contest to the black female
Beaten down with a fist
Man, that ain't on my list.

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3 comment(s)
Wow, that is the most beautiful and inspiring thing I have ever read. That is so touching, and an excellent piece of work. Wow. Great job! I can't express my love for this piece. WOw.
Nov. 06, 2012 at 9:48 PM • Report
Wow. I love this! I love how the rythem of the poem helps it flow so well, I feel like I could just picture somebody reading this out loud. Keep writing, -(the girl with the red poem) Anna141
Nov. 10, 2012 at 7:06 PM • Report
Thanks so much! You got exactly what I was trying to do! 
Nov. 13, 2012 at 12:09 PM • Report