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I am not your tragic mulatto

I am not lost or confused

Being “mixed” don’t mean I’m “all mixed up”

It simply gives me different views

I am not an oddity or a sideshow attraction

only here to satisfy your curious reaction

I am not your tragic mulatto

I will not be pigeonholed

I will dare to claim my place in this world

Free, confident, and bold

I am not your tragic mulatto

I am not a sad clown

I have the strength to keep on living

though life often brings me down

I am a black white girl and a white black girl

I am classical, rock, and opera

I am jazz, blues, ska, hip-hop, and rocksteady

I am double Dutch and nappy kitchens

I am jambalaya and brownstew chicken

I am what America will look like in a few years

although we mulattoes are nothing new

We’ve been around for centuries!

But our histories and her-stories have been denied

confined to little boxes

I am not your tragic mulatto, dammit!

I am not an exotic pet

My blood is a virtual rainbow

How lucky can one person get?

 

by Mindy Smith