Who is safe in a safe space? Surely not me.
When the comments are cloaked in white supremacy,
Tell me, how do your hurt feelings trump my oppression?
When the civil rights movement and slavery are the only black history lessons.
Whiteness, it circles, like a starving vulture
Appropriating our land, our language, our culture
“I don’t understand why you get so offended!”
You think I should buy into a system where my right to vote came through an amendment?
I call you a racist, is that the name that makes you shudder?
Do you want to know what scares me?
Getting shot in the face or dragged behind a truck by white people,
Because my existence is marked as “Other”.
You yell “Nigger, go back to Africa!”
It’s as if your ancestors didn’t force mine here.
Maybe you’d have more sympathy,
If I was white and I was queer.
Now, now let me get my cishet privilege in check
I’m not here for your pity, nor admiration, nor respect
So cry your white tears and I will drink them, I will drink them all up
I will wine and dine with them, fill my proverbial cup.
I will feast on your words, leave nothing left over,
Then maybe you’ll know what it’s like
to watch others rise off your back and your shoulders.