Volume 2: Issue 2
By Khadija, age 11, CA
The color of skin does not define anyone
Melanin is a gift and people are ashamed
People disgrace Black features like lips,
and end up paying for them
If frizzy/curly hair intimidates you,
why then end up getting perms?
Numerous Black people get killed
You walk into a store,
the first thing you will see
is dirty looks and people thinking you
have the intention to steal
All because of the color of skin.
Wow! You are an amazing writer, and your poem was powerful! I am so proud of you! I love that you wrote about a topic that is so important and relatable. Your poem is the reality for many African Americans. You are absolutely right—melanin is a gift. Always remember, we are all unique and special in our own way. Embrace who you are, inside and out! You are a brave, beautiful, and magnificent young lady. I want to encourage you to keep writing! You are so gifted, and your writing is advanced for your age. Continue to believe in yourself, and don’t be afraid to let your light shine!
Charlene Goddard, Children’s author of Magnificent Macie!, Franklinville, New Jersey