I am from Oakland, California
but not the one people know
the one that is hidden behind a
curtain, that no one thinks to show
I’m not from a struggle
not one that I recall
not one like others who
have been through it all
The only struggle I know
is the one I face with my race
because I’m super white but I have a
the black face I’m white-washed,
I’m watered down
I’m not really black, and that’s
only because I don’t listen to rap
I am from a family that loves
me, a mother and a father
a place to sleep and a
glass of water
I’m from a pink ribbon that says
Margie on the front
A cross behind it
A poem that reads
I’ll make it through the darkness
I’m not from Oakland, California
but not the one most know
because the only struggle they see
is the one that CNN shows

Photo by Eric Fischer


CC BY-SA 4.0 Behind the Curtain by Robynne is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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