Me, my identity





By Kari Noelle Delemar | Maret



Delemar discusses her identity as a Haitian American woman during the Black Lives Matter movement in this poem



Kari Noelle

Haitian-American

Young

Black

In America

Like so many others


Every year full of excitement

Elation

Worry

Sadness

Fear

And many more feelings

But something is different


The fear that I have felt in the past is different today

I would usually fear not doing well on a test

Or not doing well when talking or performing in front of people


Now, I cannot rest

For I fear

For my brother

My god-siblings

God-parents

Cousins

Friends

Aunts

Uncles

My parents

I fear for my family

Black in America


They could be judged

Lose their jobs

Lose their home

Be hurt

Lose their freedom

Lose their lives

Black in America


This is the struggle I have

A struggle embedded in my identity


Haitian-American

Young Black

In America

Kari Noelle