I am not your Black friend, nor am I your prop
I am not your sidekick
Who don’t matter and sits in the backdrop
And you hang with your clique
Do I matter to you?
Then don’t push me to the side
I have some problems too
You should never let that slide
I’m a Black girl and I don’t play
If you were a real friend you’d face this
I am not your excuse to say
“I have a Black friend, I’m not racist!”
Until your ignorance comes to a stop
I am not your Black friend, nor am I your prop.
Author’s note: This was inspired by a British Vogue headline and a real-life experience of being the only Black friend in a group. No one deserves to feel isolated in a group of friends.