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I, too am American

Updated on July 20, 2015

I, too am American

I am the darker brother

you hate so much.

The brother you forced to

come to the unknown land

to help build the great states.

I, too am American.

My mother and my daughters

helped raised your family,

while my father,

my brothers and I

helped you gain many riches

spending twelve plus hours a day

in the field.

I, too am American.

Born and raised in this country

still so much hate all these years later.

Finally a citizen

But,

Not American.

I, too am American.

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    • Brandon Bledsoe profile imageAUTHOR

      Brandon 

      3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Thank you all I really do appreciate your comments and words of encouragement. I love poetry and I will continue to write it to get more messages out not just racism but about the world and everything else and everybody else who has a hard time voicing their opinion or can't. So I truly appreciate you guys thanks for the love and there's more to come

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      Cynthia B Turner 

      3 years ago from Georgia

      Great poem. Straightforward and to the point. Very well written. Voted up.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 

      3 years ago from Washington, DC

      I remember a lot of African Americans saying they felt "American" for the first time after 9/11. I get that. Your poem reminded me of it. Powerful on many levels. Voted up and beautiful.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 years ago from USA

      Well done. So much is said in so few words. Keep writing. You have great feedback and encouragement in these comments. Take that as your cue.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 years ago from The Caribbean

      I hear you, Brandon. So many can identify with your message. Great job!

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      Jean Bakula 

      3 years ago from New Jersey

      Nice job! It's so sad to see the racism that still exists in America, and the denial that accompanies it. I live in NJ, and am almost afraid of the South, especially in view of the terrible incidents of white cops shooting innocent African American citizens. More voices like yours need to be heard. Welcome to HP!

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      WillStarr 

      3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Well done Brandon!

      The Republican Party was created to get rid of slavery in America (look it up!), and with Abraham Lincoln at the helm, we did it. The Republican Party also forced Democrat governors to admit black children to colleges, and it ended segregation. That's one of the reasons I am a Republican and I hope you will join us.

      Excellent Hub, and welcome to HubPages!

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      tobusiness 

      3 years ago

      I love this poem, very reminiscent of Langston Huges' "I, too, sing America." Your poem is hard hitting and very well done.

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      Clive Williams 

      3 years ago from Jamaica

      word

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      3 years ago from Beautiful South

      Brandon, your poetry is compelling and heart-rendering. I'm so sorry that you are made to feel this way. I am also sorry that the media and Hollywood makes Southerners out to be ignorant racists because we are not. There are a few bad apples, but those in the North are never pointed out unless they kill someone (Aryan Nation which was based in Idaho, etc.). So please, keep writing and know that there are some of us Southerners who love you.

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      Alan R Lancaster 

      3 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Hello young feller me lad! I think this one could be developed a bit more, just a few more lines maybe, to include past military input by African Americans in WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. There were the artillerymen at the Battle of the Bulge not recognised for their part for a start (we had that on the Yesterday channel here a couple of times), not to mention the attempt by US military authorities here in the build-up to D-Day who tried to blacken (no pun intended) their name with the locals who accepted them.

      We have several towns an villages here in England called Brandon, in County Durham, Lincolnshire, Suffolk and Warwickshire, plus a Brandon Parva in Leicestershire. Bledsoe sounds like a Durham village name as well.

      Ever seen the film 'Southern Comfort'? A squad of nine National Guardsmen gets lost on manoeuvres in Louisiana and gets on the wrong side of the locals after coming across an illegal still. Keith Carradine and Powers Boothe are the survivors. Music by Ry Cooder (lots of bottle-neck riffs).

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      Dana Tate 

      3 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Powerful and deep. Well done!

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      Al Wordlaw 

      3 years ago from Chicago

      Good way to express the depth of self. Love it!

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      Colin Garrow 

      3 years ago from Kinneff, Scotland

      Interesting piece, Brandon, good work.

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      Robert Morgan 

      3 years ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      Well done...Blessings

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      Rota 

      3 years ago

      very nice. i enjoyed this poem. Thanks for the follow also

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      Bill Holland 

      3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love poetry for this reason. Powerful!

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      Larry Rankin 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Very significant piece.

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Very powerful poetry. Well done

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Well done Brandon!

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      3 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Brandon, I too, am an American. My grandfathers, uncles, brothers, sons fought and died to free your people and to unite the country. My ancestors struggled, died, fought and cried as much as any other race or culture that had the desire and determination to build a home and survive.

      Your poem is very thought-provoking and well-written. It should send out the message to all that each one of us has the right to be American and proud of it.

      Well done, Brandon.

      Ed, I really liked your poem, too. It contributes greatly to what Brandon is saying in his poem - that we all are here, we are Americans because of our ancestors and our own struggles.

      Thank you, Gentlemen.

    • Brandon Bledsoe profile imageAUTHOR

      Brandon 

      3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Thanks I really do appreciate that.

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      ahorseback 

      3 years ago

      By the way , keep on writing great poem ! I didn't mean this response in disrespect , poetry is an awesome way of communication that is perhaps little understood ......great write .

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