Surviving My Skin – Sean Anderson

A poem written by Sean Anderson Instagram: @seanie_mac_ I wake another day, I’ve survived the color of my skin. See it’s not quite light enough to reveal the innocence within. So everyday I make it home I feel I’ve been…

Surviving My Skin - Sean Anderson

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A poem written by Sean Anderson
Instagram: @seanie_mac_

I wake another day, I’ve survived the color of my skin.
See it’s not quite light enough to reveal the innocence within.
So everyday I make it home I feel I’ve been blessed again
Brown and black pigments threaten my existence,
I’m automatically seen as being criminal and resisting. NO!

I AM ONLY LIVING!

Another day survived, my skin color does it again.
I’ve been stopped by the law, I fit the description.
Officer I’m a citizen, I haven’t committed any crime.
Yea well someone said you did, and you look guilty in my eyes.
I hear the way you talk, I see the clothes you’re dressed in.
admit you broke the law! NO! 

I AM ONLY LIVING! 

My skin is not a threat, my skin is not a target.
My skin represents a culture whos’ heart is one of the largest
You disrespect my life because of a color when you see it.
Yet you celebrate black at the times you experience it’s spirit,
expressed through the greatest artists and athletes this world’s ever witnessed!
My black skin will be respected! With all that Blacks have given!? 

You must think I’m kidding! NO! 

I AM ONLY LIVING! 

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