Hustle

My career striving has been 15 years in the making

I’ve moved mountains, only to have more placed in front of me

I’ve been homeless, kicked out by a drug-addicted, manic-depressive mother at 17

I struggled through that, got two jobs and still my dreams were pressing me

Went to community college, survived DV

Made it into undergrad and graduated despite things

Got a DUI, bounced back

Grad school’s where I’m at

And now, yet again, despite intentions

Messed up systems keep pushing me back

They won’t hold me back

I’ve come too far

So I’ll do what I have to do

Sleep in a car

Take two steps back

But nothing will stop my drive to live a life from helping people

Like me and you

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Privilege

It’s not fair

Your privilege is not fair

I am reminded every time

I feel like you’re up there and I’m down here

All because of your white skin and blonde hair

You go to school as a norm

I go to school cause I struggle

It’s easy for you to perform

It’s hard because I hustle

You’ve never had to want for more

I want more because I’ve never had it

Working two jobs, school and it still not being enough

You are handed freedom, I have to grab it

Your micro-aggressions and assumptions

Remind me of what I don’t have

But the genetic makeup in my body

I wouldn’t trade it back

So you say that you’re offended…

judgment

So because we acknowledge a societal issue

We are being offensive?

Since when was white privilege a prejudice?

Since when did you have to suffer or falter because of your “condition?”

You treat your privilege like a caste system

“It was something I was born into”

Born into it or not  -there’s no excuse

Just because it makes you a little uncomfortable sitting with the truth?

Since when can you appropriate our culture?

Tell me when things can be funny and when the joke is over?

“Good intentions” is no excuse

For being careless with what you say and mindless with what you do

Victimizing yourself, but you say “we” are victims

Calling it reverse-racism because you cannot accept criticism

Ignorance is not bliss, as much as a blowjob isn’t a kiss

So think twice about what you say to someone before you even think to part your lips