Freedom Papers

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Always have to prove something ...

Submitted: November 05, 2017

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Submitted: November 05, 2017



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Freedom Papers




No need to clutch your purse


Old lady


Please, don’t worry


I’m one of the “good ones”


I’m not like the others


You know, the ones who say


“Nigga”, “Yo”, “Know what I’m sayin’ “,


Do you understand me?




Don’t you see,


I’m dressed differently.


My shirts tucked in,


My pants are pulled up.


I’m wearing shoes – not sneakers.


I’m not one of them niggers,


Who commit crimes and


Run from the police.


I’m a Model Negro.




Look at how quiet


I am.


I hold no controversial views


That may upset you.


I don’t even want to


Talk about racism, sexism,


Homophobia, xenophobia


Or other “sensitive topics”.


We’re all the same.


We’re all having the same experience.


We’re all given the same opportunities.


We’re all free.




But why do I have to show my


Freedom papers?




– Sorry, that’s a bit radical


A little too controversial




Even my hair is “professional”.


I’m not rockin’ –


Sorry I mean, “wearing”


An offensive, nor intimidating


Hairstyle that would make


You uncomfortable.


I don’t have dreads,


Twisties, nor braids.


I’ve cut my hair,


So, there’s no need to


Hold onto your purse


For dear life.




I’m sorry,


I couldn’t change


My skin.


But I’ve done the


Next best thing.




Look at my


Bachelor’s Degree.


(I’m even working


On my Masters.)




I am intelligent.




I understand things,


Well everything they


Told me was worth understanding.


But why do I have to show my freedom papers?


And you’re accepted for who you are?


Why don’t you represent everyone


Who looks like you?




– Sorry, was that too much?


How about that game last night?


The weather has been terrible lately?


Would you like another cup of coffee?




So, why are you afraid


Afraid of me?


I’ve dispelled


Virtually every myth


You have conceived.


I thought I’d fit in


With this piece of paper


But your vision of me


Will never leave.




– K.S. Fort




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