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June 9, 2017

I am every black woman
I am the complete and utter symbol of my mother
Strong 
Beautiful
I am Negro

I am not white
And have no desire to be
But because I am not white
America herself shackles me
Considering myself as a modern day slave
Instead of picking cotton
I pick the damaged dreams of those before me

Failure no longer is an option
Because Obama said “yes we can”
A black man with a strong woman at his right hand to show
“yes we can” to black excellence
We set the stage, to stand up to America
No longer shackled
No longer her slave.
 






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HereSheIsThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Jun. 13 at 4:37 pm
Your theme is awesome, as are your recurring phrases to emphasize points. Your best line is "instead of picking cotton/I pick the damaged dreams of those before me." I actually don't see a lot of discussion about race on TeenInk, so thank you for bringing it into the spotlight in this beautiful poem.
 
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