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Ridiculed, Oppressed

When you raised your voice in urgency
I saw a lonely black man
Surrounded by a horde, impenetrably light
Being told what to do
Being told his place

When you laughed in frustration
I saw my immigrant mother
Surrounded by a foreign tongue
Barraged by language, not her own
Barraged by compassionless judgement

When you sneered on in silence
I saw my anxious self
Surrounded by numerous, unknown norms
Belittled for not understanding
Belittled for not catching up

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