My Brother Is Black

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

Submitted: September 30, 2018

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My brother is black.

He likes dinosaurs,

And video games.

He taught me what a pangolin was.

My brother is black.

He is smart.

His teachers love him.

He talks to me about books.

My brother is black.

My mom cut his hair

Because she was afraid.

People say things about black boys

With long dreads.

My brother is black.

My mom taught him the proper way

To interact with the police.

Hands up.

Don’t run.

Never

Ever

Run.

My brother is black.

If something happens,

They’ll say they were afraid.

Afraid of my brother,

Who’s favorite activity is fishing.

He’s never killed a fish.

Afraid of my brother,

Who hugs his mom

In front of his friends.

Afraid of my brother,

Who thinks that only married couples

Can have children.

Afraid of my brother,

Who rewinds the funny parts of the movie.

Afraid of my brother,

Who sings show tunes

At the top of his lungs.

All because

My brother is black.


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