The Toxic Mold

"Why is it that the color of my skin automatically assumes so many things about me?"

The Toxic Mold

Why is it that

the color of my skin

automatically assumes so many things about me?

Why would you know my personality type,

my childhood story, my mental health issues

just by seeing the color of my skin?

And how come

when I am not

the things people assume about me

they try to strip me of my own identity?

Because when I do not sound a certain way

I'm not really black.

Because when I do not act a certain way

I'm not really black.

The media portrays me as

loud

bossy

seductive

They show me in a mini skirt,

doped up standing on the corner

or in the back of a car with my pimp.

How am I supposed to make a

good first impression

when these are the things you are thinking about me?

But what if I'm none of those things?

What if most black women are none of those things?

How am I supposed to prove that I really am

a “true” black women?

But what if I don't really even want to?

Why do I need to prove to someone

who is willing to think I am nothing

in the first place

that I am the way they perceive me?

No,

I am not going to change myself

to fit into the mold of the person you want me to be

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Kamari Grace

small town girl in a big world

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