TEAM LIGHTSKINNED by Hiwot Adilow, Telia Allmond, and Kai Davis
You’re worth a little more if you’re golden,
Yellow enough to remind them of precious medals.
They’re blinded by the radiance in our pigment,
The milligrams of melanin spread thin enough to let light through,
The light makes us walk a little softer.
We can pass the paper bag test in the dark,
Can blend easily into any whitewashed backdrop,
Can dodge handcuffs without paying a fine.
The White Man’s Best Friend.
The Face of Every Ad Marketed to Black People.
Black enough to be a n——-.
White enough to be a good one.
Our complexion makes even the most racist politicians comfortable.
They don’t mind sitting next to us, or shaking hands in public,
But won’t hesitate to remind us where we stand.
They never call us equal, yet treat us better than our browner sisters.