I am yellow
I admit that now
Decades of struggling to be
Have made me weary
So I am just
but not black
more like black like Jews are Jews
Jewish being both religion and race
Not a color
but a people
black as in race?
Is that all I am?
Or am I more than that?
I’m the HBCU of people if you will
an HBCP really
a Historically Black Colored Person
One who is tired
tired of feeling like I must apologize for my color
tired of saying “Yes these are my real eyes!” and “Yes this is my real hair!”
questions no one ever asks white people
tired of people thinking I’m physically weak because of my light skin
Don’t get it twisted-I’m not weak!
tired of putting myself in the box marked black
I am not a check mark beside a box
tired of being angry at the police
because they can’t figure where to put people like me
a decision which often determines how they treat people like me
X Mixed Race-“Be careful how you treat them, we don’t know what white people they may be related to in this town?
X Latino-“Are you an American Citizen? Where are you from?”
X Black-“License and Registration right now?”
whatever the flavor of the day is
like Queen screaming, “I’s Nigra too!”
More like an HBCU though
all the parts of me
It’s all there
just as God intended
I’m cool with that