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Token Black

The Disparaging Race

By Stephanie J. BradberryPublished about a month ago Updated 25 days ago 1 min read
Token Black
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Perhaps you thought this should be a rap

about how much I love being Black.

But there’s a lot of misconception, you see,

about what it means to be melanated me.

For I am what you call a Token Black,

a fate once fulfilled by Whites means your career’s a wrap.

Affirmative Action and all that’s a load hooey,

best to be flushed like a chunk of dookie.

I’d rather face the racist face-to-face.

Forcing them to mask their hate is such a waste.

Token Blacks become strange fruit like a raisin in the sun,

our journey ended before a magical run or it’s even begun.

There’s so much more about what it means

to go through this life as colored little me.

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Stephanie is a freelance writer and editor, educator and consultant. To learn more, visit stephaniebradberry.com

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Stephanie J. Bradberry

I have a passion for literature and anime. And I love everything involving academia, health, metaphysics and entrepreneurship. During my free time I enjoy nature, crocheting, reading, my kiddos, and writing.

Visit me @ stephaniebradberry.com

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  • Kendall Defoe12 days ago

    This is the story of my life. Thank you for this one!

  • Wow that was powerful congratulations on a well deserved top story.

  • Safeera Sathar15 days ago


  • Lovely ❤️💯Congratulations on Top Story🎉💜✨😉

  • Amber Annabelle23 days ago

    Congratulations on top story 👏 a great read

  • Novel Allen26 days ago

    Even if said in a thousand different ways. Does it ever change we wonder. Always hope. Congrats on TS.

  • Quincy.v26 days ago

    This powerful poem challenges the idea of tokenism and highlights the realities of being a person of color in a society that perpetuates systemic racism and discrimination.

  • Lamar Wiggins27 days ago

    This hit very close to home. I grew up in a white neighborhood so of course the school was 95% white. I experienced the token right away but didn't fully understand racism until a guy called me pubic head (referring to my afro) He was an A**hole to everyone. His comment was the beginning of me embracing who I was and defending my culture. Thanks for writing and sharing this.

  • Abdul Razack27 days ago

    Well done, great

  • C. H. Richard28 days ago

    This is so well stated. I work in the non profit world and sometimes I feel the racism is worse than for profit especially in leadership/management roles. Congratulations on your top story too!

  • KJ Aartila28 days ago

    I appreciated reading your important insight on this important topic. Thank you for sharing it! :)

  • I get where you are coming from. I try not to get so frustrated by things happening. Especially when I've seen how far the United States has come and then in these last 6 years to witness all the backwards steps we've been taking. It really is a shame. I hope that we can get back to a point where the United States progresses forward instead of moving backward.

  • Heather Hubler29 days ago

    Congratulations on Top Story!!!

  • Kristen Balyeat29 days ago

    Seriously wonderful and brilliant! Congrats on top story- very deserving!

  • Loryne Andawey29 days ago

    I'm so glad this made Top Story. An important piece 👏

  • Holly Pheni29 days ago

    This is excellent.

  • Paul Stewart29 days ago

    This is awesome - from the striking title to all your amazing word choices - a masterstroke of genius! Love it, Stephanie! Such an important piece - so deserving of Top Story!

  • Dana Stewart29 days ago

    The title is slamming good, and the poem is too. Great work, and congratulations on Top Story.

  • Cathy holmes29 days ago

    Fabulous piece. Congrats on the Top Story

  • Congratulations on your Top Story, great poem

  • Harmony Kent30 days ago

    So powerful! I love this, Stephanie 💕🙂

  • Outstanding.. I loved it💖

  • Melanated me, I loved that so much! This was such a powerful poem!

  • Babs Iverson30 days ago

    Super poem, Stephanie!!! 💖💖💕

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