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"Brown Skinned and Beautiful" By Fareh Malik

We are the ones who look like the soil in your planters and the gingerbread men you make on Christmas the ones who are the coffee beans— your complex order from Starbucks I am someone who was given quicksand skin an excuse for your harsh gaze to sink in slow I carry my mother’s sweet, chocolate words and my father’s soot-soaked hours of labour I am the brick for your chimneys and the lumber sacrificed for the fire— the spices you came to my people for blended together in mortar and pestle concocted the melanin that you wished you could taste   I am the one you raised a gun at the one you said looked like a threat this...

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