They take my kindness for.....WEAKNESS.
They take my silence for.....SPEECHLESS.
They consider my uniqueness.....STRANGE.
They call my language.....SLANG.
They see my confidence as.....CONCEIT.
They see my mistakes as.....DEFEAT.
They consider my success.....ACCIDENTAL.
They minimize my intelligence to.....POTENTIAL.
My questions mean I am.....UNAWARE.
My advancement is somehow.....UNFAIR.
To voice concern is.....DISCONTENTMENT.
If I stand up for myself I am.....APPREHENSIVE.
I am defiant if I.....SEPARATE.
I am fake if I.....ASSIMILATE.
My character is constantly.....UNDER ATTACK.
Pride for my race makes me.....”TOO BLACK.”
I wish I could give this a thousand likes. I wish every white person like myself could read this. I'm not sure if you're specifically mentioning those who are not of color and feel its their duty to comment, or what you see within family and communities. It boils my blood that I know people who would roll their eyes at this. There should be no one tearing you down for speaking your mind and embracing who you are. I've also seen people say things like "too out" or "too proud" for LGBTQ+ people... marginalized people should not have to deal with their character being up for comment by the jury.
So be proud. Be damn proud and let no one dare critique or try to dim that.
Oh, and welcome to this site! Hope you enjoy your time on PnQ. Lots of love <3