Eggshells and Broken Glass
Updated: Nov 3
People who walk in my shoes are always being singled out, targeted and put in our place. So we walk on eggshells and broken glass.
Because the people in my skin are easily identified in a crowd, we are tagged for abuse and more So we walk on eggshells and broken glass.
With money looks and fame, no matter how we play the game, those in majority can always treat us as second-class citizens. So we walk on eggshells and broken glass.
Broken glass because of 1000 big and little cuts, daily, weekly, monthly, hourly; rinse and repeat.
Black people don’t go on vacations from their body's so when they try to go out to eat, they don't want to be treated shoddy, rather with the utmost respect for food and service they are paying for, so the slightest disrespect will lead to “no tip for you”.
Eggshells of perfection, avoiding unwanted attention from the police or any other authority figures. So we try to be perfect, and some of us go crazy in the pursuit, we try to be better yet it’s not enough, so we walk on eggshells and broken Glass!
People in my skin can’t win because the system has been designed and engineered to deny, exploit, denigrate, torture, rip us off, and by all means keep us down. Thus, we walk on eggshells and broken glass.
Broken glass because of land mines, booby traps, and sink holes at every turn. Every time we survive one of these attacks, we are set backwards, and we must regroup and recover and then proceed (as if nothing happened) in the eyes of the oppressor. So we walk on eggshells and broken glass, eggshells and broken glass, eggshells and broken glass, so when we tip toe anywhere, we arrive with bloody feet!
© Derek Marlow Ewell