Why?

Why?

May 9 

By Andra Espinoza-Hunter

 

Why do I have to work twice as hard?

For you to see me

Not the me as in the skin

The me as the soul, the mind, the spirit

Why do I have to work twice as hard?

To prove to you that I deserve to be here

That I too have paid my dues

Why do I have to work twice as hard?

To erase the label you branded on me so unconsciously

Twice as hard and for what

To lose myself in self hate

To let my pride take over

To question myself and every move I make

Hoping that you won’t see and call my mistake

I work twice as hard against a system

That has tried to debunk me

That has tried to demote me

That has tried to disrate me

Why are we working twice as hard?

To get a nod of approval

And distance ourselves from who we really are

To trash our culture

Why do I have to work twice as hard?