BROWN GIRL BY MADISON HORNE

White Girl
Stop pretending you’re something you’re not 
You’re not black
You have white girl hair
Look at those thin lips
She think she cute
You don’t know what we go through 

                                                    Where are you from? 
                                                    No, like where are you really from? 
                                                             Like your family 
                                                             Are you Mexican? 
                                                             Native American? 
                                                             Filipino? 
                                                             Israeli? 

                                                             You look so exotic 
                                                             You look like Pocahontas   
                                                               Amazonian Woman 
                                                                         You’re tan 
                                                             But you’re not really black 
                                                             How do you get so tan? 
                                                             You’re such a mutt 
                                                    But you don’t act black 
                                                    Your hair isn’t nappy though 
                                             Why are your nipples are so brown? 
                                                    But you don’t have a weave 
                                                    You have such a cute black nose 
                                                      Can you say the n-word? 
                                                                              Nigglet 
                                                                              Quigger 
                                                                              Nigger. 

 

Madison Horne was a Photography major who graduated from SVA in the spring of 2016. Madison aims to spark discussions of race and white privilege both in her writing and in her art. She challenges listeners, readers, and viewers to use their privilege in good and responsible ways by speaking up and fighting against inequality.