If I enter a shop
I won’t be helped.
But the salesperson
won’t follow me around
in the store.
I can drive a car
and be yelled at
for being a bad driver
(as expected of my race)
but I won’t get pulled over
for the color of my skin.
I have to make money
and dress well (professionally)
and even then,
I am thought of as “Other.”
But if I wear a hoodie,
no police officer will pull
a gun on me
and call me a “Thug.”
I am the silent “model minority.”
Some of us are racist for we have “overcome”
and don’t want to hear “excuses.”
Others see the shades of difference.
Some of us are ashamed of each other.
First and second generations look at each other
like aliens from Venus and Mars.
I might not speak my mother’s tongue
or if I do, I might not speak it
to my son and daughter.
We seek to fade away and become erased.
I put my head in my hands and wonder
at the wisdom of such an impossible feat.