As a PoC

Hold me to the same standards

As you do your white peers

Part of that

Requires listening to what I have to say

Do not let stereotypes


And manipulate

Your autonomous

Thought processes

You do not understand my circumstances


Do not form assumptions

Based on what you’ve heard

About “my people”

Hear me out

Everything you need to know about me

You’ll find

In my words

Focus on how they flow out of me


When you go out of your way

To compliment my eloquence

You think you’re being kind

Well, it’s actually quite insulting

Your praise

Is not a form of validation


Bianka Bell

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