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A Strange Fit

from Bold, Black & Beautiful by Steve Fitzhugh

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Peculiar how Black men rarely fit the job but often fit the description.


A Strange fit
By Steve Fitzhugh

Suit and tie for my chance to shine
On time and confident
I’m sorry sir, the interviewer said
For this job you just don’t fit
I grinded hard, the best by far
Degreed, indeed, legit
Time and again I heard them say
For this job you just don’t fit
Again, denied again, I cried
Determined not to quit
Among the best on every test
Strangely, never do I fit
In route one day to get my son
I earned a cop’s attention
What’s going on sir, why these cuffs
I fit, he said, the description
Please, there must be some mistake
What trait, sir, triggered suspicion?
Black, male, all it seems it took
To shame me by detention
Was he tall? Short? Or medium build?
Sir, I promise I’m not the one
Mustache? Beard? Or was he bald?
Sir, I need to get my son
Humiliated like, less than a man
Stomach tied with toxic tension
Choking back my angry words
Survival now, my only mission
Drama-weary, traumatized
Innocent victim, broken system
For color of skin, I’m forced again to contend
With how I strangely fit the description


from Bold, Black & Beautiful, track released February 19, 2021
Piano by Capsun ProAudio, written by Steve Fitzhugh


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Steve is an international speaker, best-selling author, entrepreur, educator and humorist. He is also a former NFL athlete and contnues with the NFL today as a Certified NFL Transition Coach.

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