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Race (a poem by an African child)

Nominated best poem of 2006 by the UN

post 12.May.2009, 10:05 PM
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Speaking about poems, it reminds me of a funny and cute poem nominted by the UN as the best poem for 2006 which was written by an African kid. It brings us to some realizations on the idea of calling the Westerners as "colored"

When I born, I black
When I grow up, I black
When I go in Sun, I black
When I scared, I black
When I sick, I black
And when I die, I still black
And you white fellow
When you born, you pink
When you grow up, you white
When you go in sun, you red
When you cold, you blue
When you scared, you yellow
When you sick, you green
And when you die, you gray
And you calling me colored ??
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post 12.May.2009, 10:12 PM
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This poem (or at least a version similar to it) has been about for years. I remember hearing it years ago when i was a kid.
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post 13.May.2009, 02:09 AM
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The poem has interesting implications although the grammar
is a bit too colloquial. I guess the author has taken literary license
in presenting a poem in the belles lettres style or tradition.

Joseph S. Maresca
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post 13.May.2009, 04:57 PM
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I really like this poem, it makes me laugh happy.gif

It's because of this I never call people "coloured people" rather, "Black people" which sometimes makes me sound racist, but if you think about it, the poem's right, They're black, and always will be, but we change colour.

Legend poem.
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post 13.May.2009, 11:57 PM
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I never call anyone by any racist terms like 'black', 'white', 'colored', 'Asian'.

Race is solely a social construct. It has no basis in science.

The poem is deeply racist, publicized to promote a nasty, self-serving agenda.

And it's not by 'an African child'. It's by Malcolm X.
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