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  • I'm Clint Smith and this is "Ode to the Only Black Kid in the Class."

  • You, it seems, are the manifestation

  • of several lifetimes of toil.

  • Brown v. Board in flesh.

  • Most days the classroom feels

  • like an antechamber.

  • You are deemed expert

  • on all things Morrison, King, Malcolm, Rosa.

  • Hell, weren't you sitting on that bus, too?

  • You are every- body's best friend

  • until you are not.

  • Hip-hop lyricologist.

  • Presumed athlete.

  • Free & Reduced sideshow.

  • Exception and caricature.

  • Too black and too white all at once.

  • If you are successful

  • it is because of affirmative action.

  • If you fail it is because

  • you were destined to.

  • You are invisible until they turn on the Friday night lights.

  • Here you are star before they render you asteroid.

  • Before they watch you turn to dust.

I'm Clint Smith and this is "Ode to the Only Black Kid in the Class."

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"Ode to the Only Black Kid in the Class" poem by Clint Smith

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/04/04
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