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BLACK, MALE & MINORITY
by K L McFarlane
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This is for those who have the struggle and it may not be all.

MALE MINORITY

By: Karen L. McFarlane © 2008/

 

I'm black and male

My struggle is great

For I am judged for just being

I am instantly considered a fiend

One to fear

One who does not care about me

About you

Most of the time that’s not true

 

I’m considered the least amongst the rest

I’m expected not to achieve my best

My inheritance is one of brokenness

I’m expected to die

Before my time

Never attaining the destiny that’s mine

 

I’m black and male

A fact I sometimes I hate

For I’m judged for just being free

To simply live and be

To drive a car

To walk the streets

And when I do,  I am feared

Simply for my “nappy” hair

If I try to voice my defense

I could find myself facing an offense

For I am black and male

 

My colleagues of another race

Do not endure what I face

To them is given every grace

To simply live and be

And walk the streets in peace

For they are not black and male

 

So what do I do

To society’s expectation do I become true

To fail, be imprisoned and without hope

Or to shatter and break out of that mold

And be the empowered me

Respectfully black and male

Excellently, unapologetically, regally me

No longer hating or being afraid

Of being black and male

 



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Reviewed by Glenda McPherson
Captures the truth about life for the Black Man in America!! Insightful and honest.
Reviewed by JMS Bell
A FINE WORK, DONE WELL. I THINK YOU MIGHT ENJOY THE WORK OF ASA D SEELEY, A DEN MEMBER. THANKS FOR SHARING. LOVE, BLESSINGS AND FAITH...JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
Reviewed by Charles Green
A lot of truth here. Keep tellin' it.

-Charles A. Green
Reviewed by aisha cox
wow! i liked it strong and passionate
Reviewed by Michelle Mead
this really affected me when reading it because i often worry over just this for the boy i look after who is my heart and i always pray he makes his way like the end of your poem-it is great that you voiced this.
Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK
Might Be If You Just Simply Excel I Am Me Look In Mirror And Just See You,i.e. What's Black Got To Do With It!?

You Are Your Own Alone Best Role Model...

Etal: Tina Turner My Favorite Song Her:

What's Love Got To Do With It-HUH!

TRASK
Reviewed by Randall Barfield
Intense yet moving at the same time. Role models such as Colin Powell and Obama should be kept in focus for the young black males to emulate, which is crucial I'd say.
Reviewed by Lloyd Lofthouse
Powerful statements. Is it possible that we are reaching a crossroads and the world of this poem will start to change taking several decades and generations to make it happen? Are we finally there with this Presidential election? Are we evolving into something better? We can hope.
Reviewed by john zimmerman
your poem makes eal what for most of us is a an alien rreality


good write

john+
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