The poem "I Look Like" by Kai Davis speaks about prejudice and condescension in the educational system. In this poem Kai criticizes the ideology that diversity is a key American value. The poem expresses the how Americans uphold racial stereotypes, by giving examples of how in school teachers and her peers assumed that black students were ignorant due to their vernacular. She says with sarcasm "We in the same class but your idea of advanced is too advanced and my mind cant match you...". Later in the poem she states that even people of her own race have submitted into the stereotype; she calls it "self hate" because of how they judge her for excelling in school. She adds, "According to my people, I act smart, so I act white. So, I can't be black and be smart because black people are dumb." In conclusion the poem surfaces the racial and cultural issues that still remain in society and the educational system.