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Black Like Me

Let me tell you a fact about myself that almost everyone I meet feels the need to remind me

I am black

I’m so black that I make Micheal Blackson not seem so

Black, son

I’m so black that in a game of laser tag I should be permitted to keep my

Eyes open and and teeth showing, otherwise i’d be cheating

I’m so black that you would swear that i’m a vampire

Because when i’m in photos with no flash, all you see floating clothes

I’m so black that when i’m out for a run, people look at me in jaw dropping awe

Speechless that I’m moving so fast, they mistaken me for the Flash

But, he’s a white superhero so that’d never happen

Instead they look at me in grandiose curiosity, asking

“Sir, are you from Africa?”

I’m so black that when I mention that I like to watch basketball

People roll their eyes to a point that i’d swear their brain rolled right along with them

But when I go to games in cities such as Geneseo

You would swear that I walked into the Gymnasium in my underwear

The way people silently over stare

At me

The odd black man at a basketball game

He must be here for a girl

Or to cause some trouble

Maybe we should make eye contact when he doesn’t make eye contact

But if he makes eye contact when we make eye contact

He’ll knock our eye contacts

Out

Let’s just not make any contact

I am so black that my teammate in college was stricken with fear at my appearance

But when he heard that my speech was “politically correct”

And my posture was erect, he breathed out in great calm

Because it was evident that I was

White

So white that I make Carleton seem like Tupac

So white that I mistaken Malcolm X’s name for Malcolm the Tenth

So white that when someone asks me if I got green on me

I think i’m getting robbed

I am so white that my all white friend, from an all white college

In an all white city told me

“You aren’t like the black people on TV”

When I play basketball, people run to me for a challenge

And leave the victor, easy 21 to my hard toiled 16

Saying “you must not have inherited it in your genes”

But as for rapping

When it comes to these sixteens

I’m sweet like i’m sixteen

Addictive like nicotine

Spit that fire like kerosene

And you know what friends say to me?

“Oh my gosh, you actually are black!”

So I am black

But I am White

Or maybe people are just color blind

Shutter blinds closed to any sunny possibility of a no label society

Globular organs shrouded with stereotypical presumptions

Assumptions derived from contrived corruptions

Making these ideas of “acting black” and “acting white” as alright

But it’s not alright if you’re white acting black

Or black acting white

Well it is okay

Just know we’re going to give you a hard time

When you forgot your belt at home, making your pants a little

We’re going to say you’re dressing black

Or when your belt is around your waist and nicely fit

We’re going to then say you dress ‘white’

Kind of like how Pharisees, those religious leaders you hate

Judged good and evil By what they perceived with their eyes

Instead of looking into the heart that lies

When Eloheim said there is no Jew nor Gentile

Nor male or female

I believe if he stood in the midst of our color coded community

He would say there is no black nor white

I am exactly what I was destined to be

An oddity and comedy

Laughable because giggling only makes sense of something that doesn’t make sense

A black acting white, a white acting black

An oxymoron that gives minds prone to label panic attacks

No one goes to an ice cream store because the flavors are all the same

That’d be lame

Just like a Matrix filled with agents, the Neos bring change

Something out the norm

So i’ll forever say i’m

The paint splashes in a padded room

That can’t be cleaned by swiffer, rag or a broom

I am what I am Because I Am said I am

So you see

It’s not that I am whiter than you

Or you’re blacker than me

But we’re the same

Human beings bearing the same beautiful image

So in the end, i’m white like you

And you’re black like me
Posted 07/07/16
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