For those of you who don’t know HOBY it stands for: Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership and every year around the world and even all over the 50 states in America, HOBY exists. I love it because I get to empower a young leader to be. Last year we talked about bullying, yet so many ambassadors have no idea that I too was bullied myself in a small school in Oklahoma, but I continue to express my dreams no matter how many times people laughed at me, didn’t believe me or even slammed doors in my face, I want to share with the amazing ambassadors that “Giving Up” was NEVER an option for me, even when I was knocked down, the funny thing is some of the kids that use to bully me is now asking me to be friends, I decided to be the bigger person to forgive so they can be reminded they didn’t shatter my spirit, hinder my dreams or end my life with bullying. I wrote a poem for my ambassadors who are currently being bullied so they know they are not alone. Thank you for letting me share.
You passed me by several times
Not knowing that I exist.
My name you hear and maybe laugh
Because it’s a culture you don’t understand
You give me a name so everyone laughs
“Wrong, Mount Fuji,”
Funny thing with racism
Is your ignorance blinds you in the world of
I’m not from that country,
But go ahead and laugh at me.
I wear a certain clothes that I can’t afford
So you call me poverish and lazy;
16 years have passed us by and I see
You are still in your world
As I rise from my anguish and pain.
I stand tall and speak,
Because I didn’t give up.
I have become an advocate,
Because I didn’t let you in.
I have become the person I am meant to be
And I am being love for who I really am
Instead of what you thought I should be.
You look at me now
And you now remember the girl you passed in the halls,
Ignoring the signs of bullying,
That’s okay, because that little girl
Is now me,
You may not have liked my name,
But it is printed and shined in magazines, newspapers and even on Facebook,
At least someone out there believe my name is worth showing.
Did it empower you to hurt me
Or do you wish it never happened?
Don’t tell me you’re sorry,
Teach your children and others that bullying is no game to play.
Be a voice . . .
Be an example . . .
© Chong N. Kim; 5-24-12
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