Poetri – What Shall We Be Called


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What shall we be called?
We are not niggers
Not all of us are ignorant
We are all human
Not less than

What shall we be called?
Though my skin is Negro
I am not one
We are not just black
Our skin comes in colors
Only the rainbow knows
What shall we be called?
We are not colored
That applies to anybody with a tan
We are not African-Americans
That does not hold us
We live all over
And nationality does not control us
What shall we be called?
Coon, pickananny, spook
That is not us
Pain and shame
Is not our name

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