Women of Color

By-Mubina (Afreen)
I am a woman of color 
the one who is racially profiled 
and wrongfully convicted 
are my race, ethnicity, and faith such a threat? 
why do I wanting the same privilege as you 
makes you so upset? 
I am a woman of color 
who is attacked and falsely accused 
for starting a pandemic and putting the world in a troubled state 
if only they knew a much worse disease is hate 
I am a woman of color 
who doesn't get a callback or a job interview 
for this reason only, "my name does not sound white" 
but I keep my head high because, at the end of every tunnel, there is light 
I am a woman of color 
who suffers violent crimes 
The world disregarding my silent cries
I am a woman of color who is killed in the name of honor 
raised to believe the only way a lady can fit into society is to be proper 
if I have the freedom to wear whatever I want 
why am I viewed as oppressed 
when I choose to cover myself? 
Or a flaunter if I am provocatively dressed? 
I am a woman of color 
who is exoticized and hypersexualized 
in American films dominated by white men 
objectifying and degrading me again and again 
I am a woman of color 
who is excluded and has my dreams shattered 
like my voice never mattered 
everyone ignoring my troubles 
If you turn off social media you will see, white women are not the only ones 
with tears and struggles 

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