In this poem, Parker works to further destroy the simplified and romanticized narratives about black identity and how it is perpetuated in a century of popular culture.
The number of words with a negative connotation outweighs the number of words with a positive connotation. "Dyke, thot, loud, ratchet, exotic, " are just a few words that show how black girls are viewed. "Sex," is the only word in this poem that is repeated, thirteen times to be exact. Parker is pointing out how black girls are mainly seen for their bodies and not their personalities; they are people too, but they aren't portrayed that way.
Parker also mentions celebrities such as, "Michelle Obama, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce, and Wanda Sykes," to show that there is no one-story that fits all black girls; that you cannot boil us all down to the color of our skin and the size of our hips. Black girls can be first-ladies and famous popstars. They can be powerful political leaders and great mothers. They are more than just the stereotypes we tape them too, but even when they become more, they are still held back by these stereotypes.
Ending the poem with the word, "lost," Parker means to show how these black girls feel after having to live with all of this. It's quite like how you might of felt after reading this very confusing, more than thirteen reasons, poem. With constantly being told how you should act and who you should be, it's only natural that you lose who you truly are along the way. You watch even the celebrities, who are supposed to be above all of this, being torn down because of something they cannot control and it's quite frustrating. Parker writes this poem to all the black girls out there to show them that they are not the only one's fighting this battle and that while they may never escape all of these judgmental eyes, they can make themselves into anything they want to be.