Monday, March 26, 2012

'Just Be'Cause'

Just because I wear a hoodie

Doesn’t mean that I am a hood

Just because I look suspicious to you

Doesn’t mean I’m up to no good

Don’t judge me by my skin color

Or the type of clothing I wear

Don’t label me by the sag of my pants

Or the braids I have in my hair

Prejudice racism and intolerance

Thrives when blind ignorance rules

Just take the time to know who I am

And you’ll find out that I’m just like you

Don’t let hatred or fear guide your life

But just listen and understand

That if you take the time to look closer

You’ll see that I am also a man.

Dedicated to Trayvon Martin

By Robert Batista

Author’s Copyright 2012

Listen to Rob Batista recite this powerful, heartfelt poem: