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Brown is the New Black

The following poem was originally published in the 2013 edition of Old Red Kimono; however, the version was slightly different. It spawned from a conversation that I had with one of my Latino friends. We were discussing the issues and struggles of being Hispanic American, and this poem is meant to reflect those struggles conveyed to me. The comments are not reflective of my opinions, but are a compilation of thoughts and statements made by others. Finally, I am not trying to make a political statement with this poem, but my intent is to raise awareness. Thanks!

Brown is the New Black

My little brown friend told me,

“Brown is the new black”;

I told him this is America,

And he should learn to pay tax.


He said that he does –

with every purchase, he pays a share.

He said he’d also pay more,

Once we stopped the immigration scare.


He claimed that his skin,

was a scarlet letter for hatred;

He said illegal gringos

don’t receive such damnation.


I told him “go back where you’re from!”

He told me to do the same….hmmm.

I told him learn to speak English,

This is America! I exclaimed.

He told me Jesus didn’t speak English either.

Oh, he was putting me to shame.


I asked how he felt, always hidin’ around –

Was it worth it? Why not give in?

Always being profiled, for the color of his skin;

I mean, he must be hard- headed,

had he not learned his lesson?

He told me, ask my grandma for the answers to my questions.


So, I did.


And, she said this,

“Baby – now, let me tell you right here, just how it is:

Now-a-days, brown’s the new black; I saw this as a kid.

And us colored folk ought’ be more compassionate than we is.

You’d have thought by now we’d learn to live and let live.

We’ve got to live together – by someway or somehow.

‘We may have all come on different ships,

But we’re on the same boat now!’”

Published Videos or Articles About or By Me

Articles in Pre Med Life:

Article for Premeds on Why Rural Medicine Shouldn’t be Discounted: (pg. 38)

Article on Caffeine Consumption and Limits: (pg. 30)

Shorter University Summer 2014 Magazine

On page 22 of this magazine

Publications in The New Physican

Feature Article for October 2014 on the Current State of Minority Medicine

Short article published in the 20th edition of TNP

Article in LMU-DCOM COMmunity LINC:

Article on Scholarship and Student DO of the Month (p. 4 and 25)

Article Published in Six Mile Post About Me Being a Non-traditional Student:

On Being a Non-traditional Student

Articles in Rome News Tribune About My Accomplishments and brief bios:

 Joey Johnson Rome, GA (Six Degrees)

Joey Johnson, Scholarship and LMU DCOM

Joey Johnson, White Coat Ceremony Article

My Award-winning Speech on Affirmative Action (Georgia Highlands first-annual speech competition):

Affirmative Action

Presentation at Georgia Highlands College on the Necessity of Inter-religious Dialogue (Co-existing without Compromising) via Youtube:

GHC Presentation on Inter-religious Dialogue

Article on my wife, Jessica Johnson

Nursing Major Eager to Work







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