All American Girl

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So you love her hair, eh?
Wild and free
Curls defying gravity
You love how they bounce
When she walks
So full of cuteness
Every ounce
You love her light eyes
And how they pop
Against the backdrop
Of her caramel skin
She’s so beautiful
Your pockets would be so full
You say
If she would model
For Old Navy
Or some agency
Willing to pay
For her variety
Of beauty
You love her hair, eh?
That’s what you say
But can you see
The legacy
Of slavery
Buried in her skin
Can you feel the heat
Of prejudice overcome
To put the pink in her cheeks
Do you touch her curls
With the same fingers
You use to clutch pearls
And vote for nationalists
That see her brown skin
As a threat
As something their country
Should regret
Will you compliment her dress
Then support a leader
Who feels it is ok to undress
Females and strip them
Of their rights and dignity
Don’t you see
She is the fruit
From the trees
From which her ancestors
Were hung
You love her hair, eh?

7 thoughts on “All American Girl

  1. jsawrite says:

    Dear Paige,

    Your poem is remarkable….. Yes, she is so very beautiful…. with those eyes that rivet the viewer. I was happily remembering when she sat at our kitchen table and played with toys on the floor as I read the beginning.

    Then you move to this terrible time we are living through with a president who wants to stop people with “caramel skin” from coming into our country.

    I have been trying to place an important blog in a West Coast newspaper for about a month without luck. ” Remember Kuromatsu v. United States” before the Supreme Court publicized their decision any day now on Trump’s third travel ban to keep out Muslims from predominantly Muslim populations. He is focused on stopping brown people from coming up from Central America. The theme is the same …. bias against people of color. Deep seated bigotry that our deplorable president displays.

    I hope you and your family are well. It would be good to catch up with each other.

    Love, Joyce

    On Sat, Jun 23, 2018 at 2:09 PM, Pushing the Pendulum wrote:

    > Paige Vaccaro posted: ” So you love her hair, eh? Wild and free Curls > defying gravity You love how they bounce When she walks So full of cuteness > Every ounce You love her light eyes And how they pop Against the backdrop > Of her caramel skin She’s so beautiful Your pockets would” >

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  2. Syreeta says:

    This prom is everything! Hope it gets people thinking😍

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  3. Alberta says:

    I have grands who are swirls and I myself am a swirl.my mother was white my father Cuban and black.I look at life from a birds eye veiw I think I dont dwell on race because it is not all that matters people are people period! I love my Mother as ewually As I love my dad. When people deuct percetages it dehumanizes us.Love is important education and God. Race is the himan race and anything. More than that is not important to me personally.I love my animals my dogs my cats because they dont hurt me the way people do.it needs to stop and magnifying race does not help anyone.

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    • Thank you for sharing your perspective. I love the term swirls. My intention was not to amplify race but rather to amplify awareness. Our natural reaction is to appreciate beauty and not name or calculate it in terms of percentages as you say. That reaction is beautiful and pure. However, we cannot appreciate beauty in one sense and then support hate and disrespect as if some how they occur in isolation. In today’s politics it is imperative that people are held accountable. That people see the real life affects of their words, actions, rhetoric and vote. Much love to you and your family. I think we both want peace and love in the end.

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  4. Bob Anderson says:

    So, bring her around so I can offer her crackers and candy and a hug!

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