“Get Over It”

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A few months ago I experienced first hand racism at a gay night club. This experience left me unsettled for a while, but not anymore, I feel proud of handling that situation well, and learning more about myself and where I stand with my identity. Now it’s time to turn this experience into a form of art so that  it may empower others too.

Get Over It

Get over the colour of your skin

you’re only a few shades darker than me

my pale skin

would save you

walking around the streets

of this city

where you don’t belong

and you know it

because I have made it clear

you’re not from this place

“Yes I am not

I belong to somewhere better”

I kiss you

and think of the box

I have placed you in

like a doll

whose only purpose is to obey

orders from my kind

You are only a few shades darker

but not dark enough to be absorbed in the night sky

and not dark enough to be invisible to me

so get over it

get over yourself

and the colour of your skin

the sweet sweet caramel

a gift from your proud ancestors

let me absorb the sweetness

and make you one with me

because you need my white protection

because you won’t survive

without a saviour

walking around the streets

of this city

where you don’t belong

and you know it

because I have made it clear

you’re not from this place

“Yes I am not,

I belong to somewhere better”

somewhere where you won’t exist

somewhere that my brown ness isn’t a sin

and there

I will kiss

The skins of those as brown as me

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