The Founding Fathers

My daddy lives in a mansion.
He owns many slaves.
He wears fine silk clothes.
He writes about justice and equality for all.

My mama lives in a shack.
She wears rags.
She picks cotton all day.
The hot sun scorches her body.
Thick sweat cleans her clothes.

Masta raped my mama’s body,
But her spirit shall forever resist.

My sister shares the mansion;
My brother shares the shack.
Who am I? Neither black nor white.
Black by law.
Black by spirit.