Painted in the complex complexion of ambiguity,

I am the forgotten middle.

The boxes ask.

The boxes determine.

Strategize: identify or assimilate?

Preferred or Discriminated?

African: check.

Black: inapplicable.

Asian: check.

Minority: ineligible.

White: check.

Privilege: incompatible.

Ethnically: multifarious.

Ethnically: condemned.

Racially one.


Not white enough.

Not brown enough.

Not black enough.

I am the obscure middle.

Not East enough.

Not West enough.

The hijacked middle.

Not North enough.

Not South enough.

The disparaged middle.

American: check.

American: check?

The disowned middle.

The off-white,


So paint me colorful.

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