Being just leah

I have been demonized and victimized

targeted and stereotyped since birth

I am black

I have been sexualized and talked about all my life

disregarded and degraded

I am black

I have been radicalized

my self esteem stamped upon

I am black

I am the black girl that you pass by

when you head to work

I am the black girl that you point to in all manner and fashion

I understand you do not understand me

nor

what my color represents

my color represents

power

so does yours

I am black.

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