I Am Black

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Everyday,  I look at a mirror, my reflection reminds me

I am Black

Everyday, I exist in a world filled with racism and discrimination

I am reminded, I am Black

You know what…in spite of all the horrendous trials and tribulations

Our Ancestors endured, suffering through slavery

Broken, tortured, raped, and oppressed 

I come from a strong lineage of people who are strong, determined

Never willing to give up

To fight for change, equality, and denounce racism 

I am proud to be Black

Black lives do matter as they are brutalized by the police

Communities impacted by systematic racism

Kept down from moving ahead

Believing and hoping for a better future

In which all lives matter

A world that doesn’t discriminate based on color

Yes, I believe in a world that is fair for us all

Racist attitudes seek to divide

Rather than love which intends to unite us

I can’t breathe.