Sunday, May 11, 2008


This poem was nominated by UN as the best poem of 2006, written by an African kid.

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 coloured?
omg, nominated by UN?! as in THE UNITED NATIONS?! arent they suppose to promote cohesion? lol

the poem speaks out against calling people 'coloured' because it may be contradicting (as mentioned in the last few lines).

so in a way, it brandishes calling people coloured and everyone is equal i guess.

Tackling the issue of racism is never easy

Maybe by electing this poem as 2006's best, they are indirectly promoting social cohesion? How? Put yourself in the shoes of a caucasian and re-read it.
if i am a caucasian reading it. my reactions would more or less depend on whether i'm racist.

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