Through Our Eyez: A Spoken Word About Being Black in America
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Through Our Eyez: A Spoken Word About Being Black in America

This spoken word showcases the negative stereotypes that people of other backgrounds place on black people. It then delivers a string message of how black people perceive themselves and a call to action for freedom.

Through Our Eyez: A Spoken Word About Being Black in America
Nia'Symone Francisco

PART l: Stereotyped

You look at him, you see a criminal,

You clutch your Gucci purse,

It's subliminal

You look at her, you see a prostitute,

That's a stereotype, your mind is destitute

You see us in the light of the media,

You need to check your facts,

Skip Wikipedia,

You think my hair's too big,

What's wrong with you?

Cause of that, you gonna skip

Me for the interview!

Her name is Niya and she's qualified

You see her resume,

And you leave it behind

But our dance moves,

You can't get enough,

You on Tik Tok,

Imitating our stuff,

You like our music,

And you doin the dab,

I can't believe it,

And you still think we're trash,

You think we all poor,

Food stamps from the government,

Step back,

Think fast,

That ain't the half it,

You think we come from the ghettos,


Flashy grill,

But I see you,

Culturally appropriating

Your imitating, thinking you're recreating

You better rethink,

The image that you have of us,

Because we are the makers and

in God We trust


Now it's time to take a look in the mirror,

So you can see the true vision of US a little clearer

PART ll: Freedom

I like my life unapologetically black

I have learned to work hard for the clothes on my back,


Blackness is in high demand,

And I am using its power to build my brand,

Black skin,

Black hair,

Black love,

Black everything,

I am black and I am proud, say it loud,

Diversity is not a problem,

It's a promise

Our people should be present in all areas of industry,

Because black people make the world go round ya see,

Don't tell me we all live in poverty,

because you think that's where we wanna be…

In reality, we work harder and smarter and show this world the most loyalty

We are special and we are successful

We are bright and we are beautiful

We are a race striving for recreation

Our role models serve as our inspiration

Black coder,

Black doctor,

Black sister,

Black brother,

We are one family

and we thrive off of one another

We have the power to be great

And we'd appreciate if you

Laid off on the hate

We ain't gone be forgotten

Oh wait, have you forgotten?

We are the ones who built this country,

So let my people go and let us be free!

Open your eyes...

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