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Reflection

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Stare into the water

And what do you see?

 

A reflection

 

But do not be naive

It is not the true reflection of you

 

When she looks into the water

She sees a brown figure

 

But she is not naive

She is white

 

At least that is what other people say

When they dissolve her personality

Into a color

 

They must feel powerful

When they tell her

She does not represent their idea

Of what the color of her skin means

 

So she is turned it into one word

White

 

They tell her she is white

But she just does not understand

When she looks into the water

She sees a brown figure

 

She can see the figure’s eyes

And in the eyes lies the truth

 

Her parents are immigrants

 

Entering into a country

Where their culture was not accepted

It was only used as a joke

It was only used an an insult

 

Her culture was only funny

When all of a sudden

A 7-11 was owned by her family

 

Her mom is a nurse

Her dad is an engineer

 

Her culture was only convenient

When all of a sudden

They needed someone to blame

 

Not all brown people are terrorists

Not all terrorists are brown

 

But she looks back into the water

And she can not help but see

Tears shattering the figure

 

She was bullied for being Indian

She was told her uncle did 9/11

She was told Indian accents were annoying

 

Now she is diminished to a color

 

She is not ashamed of her culture

She is only ashamed

That people could let her think

That she should be

 

She is ashamed of herself

For giving them that power

 

But she is not a color

 

I am not a color

I am not brown

I am not white

 

I will not be reduced to a color

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