Pretty for a Black Girl

Written by: Kimberly LaRocca

You’re pretty for a black girl.
Such condescending words!
As if the fact that I am black 
Lessens my worth.

You’re pretty for a black girl.
Am I supposed to smile?
Ignore the ignorance of your statement?
Should I really be proud?

You’re pretty for a black girl.
What does that really mean?
Can being pretty and black
Co-exist for me?

You’re pretty for a black girl.
Thank you for letting me know.
Too bad you don’t recognize
That I am so much more.