Help Me Get Ready: Monologue


You’re face, my face, our face
Its all the same now

Black, white, brown,
Yellow, red, tan

My foundation, caked into my skin
Removing texture, color

My contour, blended into a new structure
Removing nature, shape

You’re basically white
They used to say

You’re basically white
They used to say

Blending and blending and blending and blending and blending and blending and blending and blending and blending and blending and blending and blending and blending and blending and blending and blending and blending and blending and blending and blending

Until there is no more history
I rid myself of my brownness

And yes, you demand cultural authenticity
To share with you my knowledge, my heritage

So you can take it from me?
Appropriate it?

Bastardize it and disregard its meanings and intensions?
You will

But not without erasing it first
Without covering it up


Page Guide

Page 2: Self-Portrait
Page 3: Hyphen
Page 4: “What do you remember about the Earth?”
Page 5: A Language That Opened My Mouth
Page 6: Help Me Get Ready: Monologue
Page 7: A Color I Can’t Escape


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