September 10, 2013
“A Black Woman, Nothing Else” is a poem written by Anne Ruth. In the poem, she describes how she was ashamed of the color of her skin. Classmates would make fun of her, calling her names like charcoal and black baby. She also grew ashamed of skin color because her father left their family when she was young and married a white woman. She thought the white woman had something that she could never have. She then met a woman one day while she was still a young girl; the woman had a darker skin tone than her. The author was extremely surprised that someone darker than her could show such confidence. The woman gave her multiple compliments assuring the author that her skin color was perfect the way it is and how is matches her pretty white teeth. The woman’s compliments helped her embrace herself for what she is, for she was a black woman and nothing else. The compliments quickly spread from just the black woman to other people she had never met. Even her friends began to compliment her, going from joke to asking to feel her face and show her grin because she has such a beautiful skin color. The last line stuck out to me the most. Probably because it’s bolded, but it really does hold true to me. It reads, “I blossom with happiness and pride within myself for I am a Black Woman and I wish to be nothing else.” Like the author, I too used to get called names because of the color of my skin. I grew up in a predominately white community. Most of my friends, neighbors and peers were Caucasian. Because of this, I was often the subject of ridicule and faced being verbally abused amongst my peers, especially at school. I was even treated as joke around classmates of the same race as me but with a lighter skin tone. Although I hide it well, all the jokes and name-calling really cut deep. My self-esteem issues stemmed off into my adolescent years. I was always shy around people, especially since I was...
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