News, opinions, commentary, history and a little creative writing from a proud African-American transwoman about the world around her.
Sunday, March 04, 2012
Please Don't Tell Me, "I'm Color-Blind"!!
TransGriot Note: I loved this creative piece Cheryl posted in a Facebook thread, and this one needed to be shared with the world.
Please Don't Tell Me, "I'm Color-Blind"!! By Cheryl Courtney-Evans
PLEASE don't tell me, "I'm color-blind"!! It doesn't make me believe you respect me, To tell me you don't see color. ... I don't want to be invisible, And black is a part of who I am. Yes, I am a transgender woman, But that's not all that I am. I am a part of the African-origined diaspora That descended from kings & queens in their blackness Although some of my people may have been slaves there, It was a different type of slavery experienced here. But I don't want to ignore the richness of the lives Born of the pain lived in a new home either. It spawned the color we bring to our music, love & lives. It is not to be ignored, and when someone tells me, "I'm color-blind", they're telling me they want to ignore The TOTALITY of my being. So don't tell me this, let me know you SEE me, Yet respect ALL of me, as I would respect YOU!