Judging the Outside

November 26, 2008
By Alyssa Matas, Scottsdale, AZ

There you sit,
Full of hate,
For someone you don't understand,
Don't know.

Judging them,
Hating them,
Because of something
So small.

Just because they look different from you,
They must not belong here,
They don't contribute,
They don't deserve to be here.

They're sluts,
They're bithches,
In your eyes.

In reality,
They are kind,
They are true friends.

But you don't try to see,
The real person inside,
You just judge,
By what's on the outside.

The author's comments:
This piece was written about ongoing racism toward my friends by a person in my class. Some of the items in this poem are some things this person has said.

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