Poetry

Why so Many Stereotypes?

by Parker H., Age 11 , Grade 6, St, Francis of Assisi, Louisville, KENTUCKY USA
Teacher: Mrs. Reinhart

I'm African American, so I must be a criminal.
But, I just like to play sports.
If I do get pulled over, 
It's not because I have anything illegal in my car, 
So stop assuming. 
I'm Meican, so I must be a drug lord.
Little do you know, 
I have two kids that I have to raise, 
By myself, mind you. 
I'm not a drug lord, and I don't take them either, 
So stop assuming. 
I'm a blonde, so I must be dumb, 
Or I'm uneducated, or something. 
Actually, I'm THIRTEEN and about to graduate high school. 
I got teased for my hair color since I was four. 
Just because I have blonde hair doesn't mean anything, 
So stop assuming.
I'm Muslim, so I must be a terrorist. 
Guess what society? 
I'm not a part of ISIS or any other terrorist group. 
I just need a job, and no, not to destroy America or anything, 
So stop assuming.
I'm a middle-aged man sitting alone at a park, so I must be a pedophile.
I'm not.
I just lost my grandchild due to a car accident, 
So I sit here, because it washer favorite park, 
Remembering her, not to ask some random kid if they want candy.
So many people are stereotyped for the stupidest reasons, 
It's not right to categorize some people, 
Just because some people have done certain things that fall under those stereotypes.
Don't judge a book by it's cover, and, if you do, people aren't always as they seem at first glance.

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