Photo of bearded Black man holding a cup of coffee while wearing a blue suit

WE THE MIDDLE CLASS BLACKS: A COLLECTION

1
we the middle class blacks
we shop at trader joes
i tried that whole foods shampoo
i ate that gouda cheese sample
i know what kale is
PIERCING STARES

2
we the middle class blacks
we read books for fun, son
we spout facts like the hot springs that we vacation on
we know the word “idiosyncrasies”

TALK SO TALK SO WHITEWHITEWHITEWHITEWHITEWHITEWHITEWHITE
WHITEWHITEWHITEWHITEWHITEWHITEWHITEWHITE
WHITEWHITEWHITEWHITEWHITEWHITEWHITEWHITE

multiply that by e to the x
exponentially approaching infinity
is how many times I’ve heard that
yeah we know math too

3
high pitched laugh do you know how unfunny you are right now
HOLLARH SISTER GIRL
get away from me fake smiles i am dark skinned never invited to your barbecues

4
we the middle class blacks
scared of our oppressed brethren just like the rest of them
dontgotothatpartoftown
dontgotothatpartoftown
DONTGOTOTHATPARTOFTOWNGODFORBID

that part of town with the other blacks huh
how’d they get there

you wont give a quarter to strung out thin dude
could be your cousin, sold to a different plantation
we all cousins
we the middle class blacks
looks like we forget that sometime COLORISM

5
i read my first shoujo
momma called it witchcraft
she said dont be fooled
by the pretty colors

6
confused middle class black Japanophile
searching for a culture
i liked pocky
i went to the asian supermarkets with my okatu friends
FOLLOWED AROUND THE STORE
i look like a thieving black girl huh

7
Black tourists decked in flowered shirts and fanny packs walk through the gate of no return and hold their breath/some sort of attempt at reverence/ask people who look something like they used to be about their history/they don’t speak the same languages/they leave on a plane, not a boat/cute stories about the safari and dancing/mask the loss in their not knowing

8
we the middle class blacks
recoil when i talk about justice
girl you think you from Africa?
haha you crazy

9
sometimes i forget I’m black

10
we the middle class blacks
worked twice as hard to get half of what they have

some blacks work ten times as hard
where their 40 acres and a mule at

work hundred times as hard
get food stamps and stigma

11
we the blacks
we built this country

BEATEN STILL STRONG
RAPED STILL BIRTHED A NATION
SCOFFED AT YET PROUD

BRILLANCE

 

 

 

 

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