BlaQ Poetry and the Arts

National Poetry Month Presents Pace Poetry: My 11-Year Old Son Told Me a White Boy Called Him a Nigger

My 11-year old son told me this white boy

around his age called him a nigger

not the “Oh, what’s up my nigga”

that white people try to sneak in

when they think they’ve been initiated in

but the “You nigger”

(no need for the history lesson)

 

Of course his parents justified

his behavior—claiming ADD

‘cause we’re just the niggers

they see they can manipulate

with the same words

they’ve trained their son to repeat

and know exactly who to repeat it to

 

Now I have to reprogram

the programmed script I’ve raised

my son by and explain

why I stress straight As

why I shove books in his face

why I tell him to study

at least an extra hour every day

why one day he may have to revert

back to the master/slave relationship

just so he won’t be a hashtag

with everyone posting his name for clout

while I’m clouded with just memories

because when he’s asked

to put his hands up

dared to make one sudden move

something as natural as a sneeze

will turn freeze into him falling to his knees

with no news cover story

claiming he possibly suffered

from mental instability

 

I have to explain to my 11-year old son

that he has to be 100 times better than

just to be seen as human

but still in their eyes

no matter the amount of awards or prizes

handed to him by them

to them he’ll still be nothing more

than a nigger

 

And on that day my 11-year old son

learned the true meaning of sticks and stones

maturely turned his other cheek                                            

with the word nigger

staining his word bank

as his new vocabulary word for the week

 

Written by Pace Poetry

 

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