best poem of 2006 by an “African Kid”

This poem was nominated by UN as the best poem of 2006, Written by an “African Kid”.Society needs to have this discussion. But the responsibility for discussing racism has long been relegated to those people most directly affected by it.

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?
Why ???

Society needs to have this discussion. But the responsibility for discussing racism has long been relegated to those people most directly affected by it.We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.

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