I’m Tired of Wearing My Mask

Dear America I’m tired of wearing my mask

It’s getting hard to breathe

No not the N95, cloth, or the paper kind

I’m talking about the ideal black man type

I’m tired of talking a certain way

I’m tired of walking a certain way

I’m tired of wearing certain clothes

I’m tired of smiling like I’m ok

I’m tired of checking boxes

America I’m tired of wearing my mask

I can’t breathe

I’m tired of seeing another brother like me killed

I’m tired of adjusting my everyday life so that I can make you comfortable

What more do I have to do

If I flinch

If I raise my voice

If I square my shoulders

If I speak my God-given mind

I’m a threat and must be put down

I fit the description as soon as walk out of my door

I have a target in my back since birth

America I’m tired of wearing my mask

I’m struggling to breathe

If I cry I’m weak

If I yell I’m aggressive

If take a break I’m lazy

If I pull a double to support my family I’m working too much

America I’m tired of wearing my mask

It’s suffocating me

No mater how much income I earn

No matter how much education I obtain

No matter how loving I am

No matter how gifted I am

I’m just another threat

America I’m tired of wearing my mask

Can I breathe please

Yet I put it on to have a chance

I wear it to protect my life

I wear it so my momma and dad won’t have to bury their only son

I wear because maybe just maybe I can be seen as human

I wear it but I don’t feel secure

America I’m tired of wearing my mask

Im craving for air can I breathe

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