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Black people ashamed of their color

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Black people ashamed of their color

Black people ashamed of their beauty
Ashamed of their human race 
they cried
they run
they hide their face
because of their black color they are disgraced

The whites, the browns, the Chinese, the Indians uttered black, black they run
gone in the cool-shade far away from the sun
running away from the sun-bun
they say made them black

Fear to say they are black and proud
they will rather hide themselves behind the crowd
so many things they will do just to become white or brown
they are shamed
shamed for what?
that they are too black.

Demeter Edwards

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  1. Date: 11/18/2011 2:18:00 PM
    How can this still be true? We can see others by their heart, their courage, their love, their humanity. How can we still judge by color? Are we to be forever stunted by this? I can not say but I can do and I choose to not judge another by anything but their character. Keep on. Tony