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The New Negro


Deon Mowatt

yes my skin is black like burning coal
yes my hair is rough like brillo pad
for scouring pots
and my nose wide like rail-roads
but i will not shame you by coming 
to your home,
i will not shame you by saying
we are the same,
i will not shame you,
you with your pretty hair 
and straight nose,
you with your cream colored skin,
you, the new and accepted negro.

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