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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: 2/26/2012 5:12:00 PM
    That's because they haven't realized, no one can the change the color of our skin, but we do change theirs.....true indeed

  1. Date: 11/19/2011 12:00:00 PM
    I know People who are ashamed of their color because their parents were old school. Made to feel inferior--by whites, the pass it down to their children. I know of a friend of color who is a teacher--She told her mother she had gotten hired at the local high school-- the first words out of her mother's mouth were: "Oh, Doing What-- Cleaning?"

  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