My nappy hair is a protest
I refuse to pick it
I don’t think Afros are cute
And I don’t respect those who do
Microsoft Word insists that I capitalize Afro
Those unhip spellcheck geeks must be stuck in the 60s
Most of my people haven’t gotten their combs stuck in years
Kinks aren’t in style anymore. Haven’t you heard?
“Straight hair is easier to manage”
It’s also easier to manage a country of brainwashed Black folk who believe that democratic=Black
I don’t support the “Go Natural” because it’s trendy movement
I support parents who have sense enough not to relax their daughters’ hair in the first place
Who told you it was worth it to burn your scalp just to wash it out? Society?
What’s Society’s last name?
Don’t worry. I’ll wait
You blame The Man?
If a man values your hair over you, he doesn’t deserve you anyway
Or maybe he does
You don’t even know your worth, but you expect him to?
My rant is not poetic
My frustrations don’t flow
And it pisses me off that I don’t know which flag to wave
I was given a hyphen and told to shove it in between my legs
American is far too generous
African-dash-American is too broad and
Black is oversimplified
I’m sick of labels, but I want a real last name
Tell me where you stole my mothers from and I’ll buy the plane ticket myself
since America doesn’t have any more money. Sorry beggars
But Academia isn’t ready for my modern day Garveyism
I’m supposed to sit back, relax, and take advantage of the free financial aid that
doesn’t apply to me
I’m expected to go to class and not speak out when “nigger” is read aloud
because it’s literature
I’m supposed to be happy that Black people, whatever that means,
make up 7% of the student body even though most are athletes.
We all know college athletes are just indentured servants who sweat and bleed for
free degrees that won’t score them anything outside of the NFL field that most
won’t even get to play on.
I’m expected to speak “White people English” in class. Ebonics isn’t taught here, homegirl.
And of course, it’s my fault that my bike got stolen
I shouldn’t have to secure the lock to the frame
I pay fifty-seven thousand dollars a year
Doesn’t that include security?
It doesn’t include heat. My room is freezing
I work 20+ hours a week for my “free” housing
Don’t get it twisted