Terrorist, N*****, Brown, Dirty
Do I prove my humanity?
Or attempt to hide my truth?
The day I wake and paint my face white is when my facade will prove my inhumanity
For I have lost it when I can only find peace if I abandon my heritage
When I gently set down a bindi, a burqa and will my mind to become indistinguishable
Lose my humanity to hide my truth to prove my humanity
Lose my humanity in the eyes of ignorant humans to reveal my truth
Maybe I must rely on myself to understand and accept the depths of my humanity
Acknowledge, the basic nature of humanness is less topical than skin color
Lead myself to the realization:
I am human
An immigrant but not an alien