For Lyric

My niece is experiencing some discrimination in the county schools here in Richmond, Virginia. The other day, a teacher told her that she won’t amount to anything. I’m taking this time to tell her quite the contrary.

black girl writing

Source: Blerdy (Pinterest)

It’s been said but it hasn’t been finished.

“You won’t amount to anything” she boldly insisted.

Her words so vile, her mind so twisted

And she’s so sure and I’m so livid…because she doesn’t know what your black is.

I wish your teacher would have never said those words

I know that pain and I know that hurt

But you know yourself and you know your worth

And you know what makes a diamond — the pressure and the dirt

But you’re HURT.

But your black maintains.

It’s used to the pain, it’s used to the rain

Your black is resilient. It never backs down.

But heavy is the head that wears the crown.

Your head may be heavy, but your brain is intact

Remember her words and watch your back

Stay in your books but don’t be timid

Although it’s been said, it hasn’t been finished

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1 thought on “For Lyric

  1. Winfort R. Lee

    As a human being you aren’t ever,ever,ever suppose to hear,see,read those words “You,or she won,t amount to anything”directed at yours or anyone else’s child.I thought we,as adults supposed to be encouraging,supporting,being a role model for our children.Worst of all those words came from a teacher.I got news for you Ms.Teacher Lyric will amount to more than you can eve,ever,ever imagine.Please if you don’t have anything positive to say about,or to my granddaughter,then please don’t say anything to her at all.

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