Timid Tami

Some see my kindness as complicit

Weak or lacking merit

Because I don’t scream or act mean

When faced with people being petty and obscene

I deserve to be safe and happy

Even though my skin is dark and my hair is sometimes nappy

I don’t need you to love me or like me, or lie about me to spite me

Nor fear me when I stand up.

Or encourage me to forget and give up.

But I do need laws to keep me safe

From all these bigoted, prejudice jerks

Levity helps me survive the day to day strife of life

Because being Black is a difficult state to be

So you see,

I’d rather smile than smirk

I’m not your happy Negro

And I’m not a fucking jerk.

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