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If I were not brown,

maybe people wouldn’t interrupt me when I talk.

If I were not brown,

maybe they wouldn’t ask me to repeat my sentence,

when I know that I have spoken clearly.

If I were not brown,

maybe I wouldn’t be considered a minority.

If I were not brown,

maybe they wouldn’t mistake me for Indian.

If I were not brown,

maybe I could be more.

Because I am brown,

when I talk, my friends can see

the courage.

Because I am brown,

some of my mentors

listen more carefully.

Because I am brown,

I am minoritized.

Because I am brown,

I can pass as —

Mexican, Argentine, Arab, Singaporean, Malaysian, Sri Lankan,

or American.

Because I am brown,

I am both myself, and not myself

and still agitating.

Don’t forget to laugh it off.

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