White Women Who Think They’re Different
By Kil Ja Kim
one for all the white women,
think they’re sisters in the struggle.
you don’t get it.
around with your colored lover.
same books as me.
happy “oh, it’s a person of color” smile when you see us
most insultingly, listen with aggressive sympathy as I talk about…
racism and sexism I experience
men who feel at will to touch me.
things like, he better not do that to me
you don’t get it, huh?
you’d notice all along,
touches women of color.
guess you thought we were in the same boat, huh?
still a white woman, which means…
body is valued more.
are more concerned with how you feel.
are more afraid to do something to you
they know people would be more outraged
is touching you.
people don’t care much what white men do
Black, Brown, Red, Yellow women.
you can stop trying to think we alike.
just because we use the same bathroom in public spaces
in the same boat.
if I reach out to you
give you a hug once in a while when you're sad
want you to violate me.
guess that’s something you like to secretly think
publicly you tell me your theories on racism and how you know
must be why you don’t think twice about…
me you like my long (Asian) hair,
me you like my ass (as if you’re one to judge),
with me your ideas about race, sex and the rest
notice I just look at you when you speak?),
all up on me,
to bust a nut because I have some pigment and dark hair and
that giddiness in your white flesh, turning pink from delight
i’m a colored girl,
excited cuz I’m an “angry Asian woman,”
I’m not being “submissive” like the people of color YOU
don’t want to hang around,
all excited cuz my thick (Asian) body with my “Asian anger”
reminds you of…
the black people you want to fuck
like you want to fuck me).
when I am just standing there,
sitting in a chair,
touch me so easily.
like all of the white men.
guess you think that it’s cool, that we’re like that, that
excuse me while I snort)
you, the white woman who
colored people aggressively,
like any white man, wants to touch me at will aggressively.
your hands up on my head like I’m your little kid
my thighs, like I’m your bitch
slapping me on the ass when you like what you see.
is apparent that this ain’t no white woman’s secret either
it when folks are around.
ever said that bullshit that white woman don’t have access to
I know, something you deny.
you actually had to deal with the power you have as WHITE women
fuck up your world view.
you that reading all of your whiteness books ain’t changing
it’s your white hands I got to…
(and cut off).
gotta see yourselves as connected to me somehow.
you more connected to white men,
the ones you think are racist and sexist and…
you must have something
you sure can touch me like the white men do.
of all of the white folks.
few other people of color they like to touch too.
Copyright 2003 © Kil Ja Kim