Open Ignorance/ Translators /Head-Ass-Sandwich Artists
My whole family is white
It’s a big part of what makes me
With the good hair
I’m fucking clueless about
Most shit— difference is
I don’t apologize for it ?
Or try to make myself different
I just open up
About my ignorance !
I do it by accident I am
An open book person and
Whenever I flip to a new page
Some people flip out
And try to tell me I’m not
Reading things right, when it’s
My own fucking story
The same right to tell as anybody.
I’m not sure if this is
A thing people can say, but—
I really feel like
Most white people
Would rather try and
Dramatize the black experience,
Like a fucking play that
They are starring in —
The Rachel Dolezals of the world
Are not as scarce as you’d think.
I’m not interested in
Appropriating anyone’s anything, but
I am endlessly curious
And desperate to satisfy the craving
I am interested in everything
Which is why I talk to people
As if they hold keys to a chest
I can’t break into—
Except for the white people
Mostly motivated by their narcissism
Who try on other people’s identities
Like hats at a hat party.
Now that I’m trans
I understand why
This sort of behavior bothers me.
It’s not just ignorant —
It’s disgusting !
Don’t silence someone else’s voice —
Don’t sit on their perspective —
Don’t take your whole ass
And shove it on top of
A minority person’s head
Just to “take a look around!!!”
For fifteen minutes
Before you feel “better about your life”
Enough to “appreciate it”
Fucking take your fucking shit ass
And put it on your own shit head
Or better yet
Try respecting another person’s perspective
Without feeling the need
To translate it.