Joseph Seamon Cotter

(1861 - 1919)

Is It Because I Am Black? - Poem by Joseph Seamon Cotter

Why do men smile when I speak,
And call my speech
The whimperings of a babe
That cries but knows not what it wants?
Is it because I am black?

Why do men sneer when I arise
And stand in their councils,
And look them eye to eye,
And speak their tongue?
Is it because I am black?


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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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