Being a South African Man by VIRTUS ANIMO
Being a South African man,
This means you’re going to have to suffer with being short,
Your beard won’t connect for the longest time,
So get used to looking like a child.
Being a South African man
Comes with being part of a nation
That is responsible for being the rape capital of the world.
Being a South African man means you can protest
For black lives matter,
But only if it applies to Americans or South Africans,
Anyone else will just have to deal with the hatred you have for them.
Being a South African man means
You can easily not let your friends hang out with your sisters or cousins,
Because you know they’re a problem,
But act surprised when you see their name trending,
Quick to come on the defense,
Because they’re all lying when it comes to your boys.
Being a South African man means you can have an affair with anybody but the moment things
Become a little heated,
You dispose of the body,
The poor lady and her baby,
Hanging all alone in a tree.
Being a South African man means you don’t understand why they fear you,
Because you haven’t done anything wrong, right?
Being a South African man means to be oblivious to the movements of the world until it hits home.
Being a South African man is nothing to be proud of,
As soon I scream men are trash,
You’re quick to respond not all men
As if you don’t see yourself defying my protest,
But if I say black lives matter and she responds
All lives matter you’ll have the biggest fit
As if you’re not the same man who was protesting my protest to show you that Ladies matter.
Being a “Good” South African man
Means you’ll get worshiped for the bare minimum
That any “good” guy can do,
When in actuality you’re nothing special
Why do celebrate you for not doing anything wrong?
Ladies have to put up with the hatred they’re given for the mere fact that they were just born
Their death certificate was signed before their birth certificate
And you’re quite comfortable with doing the bare minimum???
Please don’t make me laugh,
Because being a South African man
Definitely is a depiction of what it means
To hate yourself so much
That you have to terrorize the lives of those around you.
She can’t trust her dad,
She can’t trust her brother,
She can’t trust her uncle,
She can’t trust her cousins,
She can’t trust her friends,
She can’t trust strangers,
And until the day that things start happening,
Please be reminded,
There’s nothing to be proud of
When being called A South African man…
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