a Princess/ Pinup/ Nubian Queen / contradiction of who the world expects me to be
I am me
though I often apologize to those who mistake me for someone whom I shall never be
I'm a ballerina, a flower petal,
I am the steel from the aft of the submarine
I am a dream
I am a nightmare
I am the chapter in your books that you have white washed but you didn't use Benjamin Moore and your foundation is now exposed
I am the bosom upon which the earth was founded and you owe me
For the thousands of years in which you have trampled my gardens and desecrated my womb
And I want it
Fuck forty acres and a mule
I want real funding for public school
I want more equal opportunitities
I want you to stop stealing from me
I want you to admit what you've done and learn from it
I want you
To acknowledge who I am and where I came from
I want I want I want
equal pay/ to close the school to prison pipeline /to
Remove the hyphens from my description/ for everyone to have enough food in their kitchen
I want for everyone to have a kitchen,
and a bathroom,
and a pillow
if they want it
we need it
I am your frequent reminder a beacon of light written in blood shining bright in the night
your Groundhog Day of dreams and you shall keep repeating them and I shall keep reminding you of who I am.
Of who I will be.
Until I feel you have learned your lesson.
I am a girl
better yet a woman
Who believes that things can change
And I won't stop
I will not quit
Until all the change
It’s easy to over-trumpet pieces that already support one’s way of thinking. I fully own my bias. But I STILL think this is an important read.(via parenthacks)
Ta-Nehisi Coates, "Other People’s Pathologies"
stop what you are doing and read this piece from start to finish. i cannot begin to explain to you the depth of brilliance in ta-nehisi coates’s words.