ROBERT E. LEE AND I HAVE A STARING CONTEST By Mary Kamara

ROBERT E. LEE AND I HAVE A STARING CONTEST

By: Mary Kamara 

and a white person says racism is dead

and a white person jokes about slavery

and a white person lives unbothered

and a white person screams about immigrants

and a white person asks if I speak African

and a white person touches what is not theirs

and all I see are white people taking what is not theirs

and a white person bumps into me

and a white person bumps into me

and a white person bumps into me

and a white person walks through me

but I can’t stop staring at Robert

and I can’t stop crying

and I can’t stop help feeling like

and the concrete swallows me whole

and Robert E. Lee is still standing.

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