RACISM bY aMY STIRLING

Incident By Countee Cullen

Incident by Countee Cullen is an African- American man who was affected by being called a “nigger” at only a young age which brings up bad memories of his child hood from where he lived. He was shocked to hear this as this person wasn’t only white or an adult but he was the same age as Cullen. All he remembers from the 8 months he was there was being called that derogatory term “nigger”. The theme of this poem is that racism can come from anyone at any age. The poet is trying to convey the message that things that happen to people can stay with them their whole lives impacting everything they do. It is evident that the strong use of words really can impact someone’s life forever. Alliteration is used to engage the audience and to set the mood. An example of this is “heart-filled, head-filled with glee” this is describing the child’s feeling of what he first thought of Baltimore, these words are used as a young child have these qualities.

Once riding in old Baltimore,

Heart-filled, head-filled with glee

I saw a Baltimorean

Keep looking straight at me.

Now I was eight and very small,

And he was no whit bigger,

And so I smiled, but he poked out

His tongue, and called me, 'Nigger.'

I saw the whole of Baltimore

From May until December;

Of all the things that happened there

That's all that I remember.

I am proud By kath Walker

‘I am proud’ was written by Kath Walker (Oodgeroo Noonuccal) who speaks about the hope for understanding peace between black and White Australians. Kath Walker intentions were to express the pride of being born an Aboriginal women and that other people’s criticism did not make her feel embarrassed. ‘I am proud’ is trying to convey the idea of black people being seen as a minority. Repetition is used to add emphasis, an example of this is the phrase ‘I am’. She is listing all the things Aboriginals are perceived as with starting it off with ‘I am’. Another word that is repeated is ‘we were’ this term is used to represent all Aboriginals as they were obligated to do things, but they never showed willingness. At the end of the poem it mentions “so was Christ” this was referring to Jesus as he was poor but humble so were the Aboriginals.

I am black of skin among whites,

And I am proud,

Proud of race and proud of skin.

I am broken and poor,

Dressed in rags from white man’s back,

But do not think I am ashamed

Spears could not contend against guns

and we were mastered,

But there are thing they could not plunder and destroy.

We conquered but never subservient,

We were compelled but never servile.

Do not think I cringe as white men cringe to whites.

I am proud,

Though humble and poor and without a home…

So was Christ.

Racism is around me everywhere By Francis Duggan

Racism is around me everywhere’ was written by Francis Duggan. Throughout the poem he strongly disagrees with racism as he was the one who got bullied by others for having a different race so he is telling a story of himself. The message in this poem is to stop racism as racism most certainly affects a lot people from a wide range of nationalities. He expresses what it feels like to be the victim as he is aggravated at this social justice issue. A metaphor that was identified is “But like they say sheer ignorance is bliss, Just like Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss”. Meaning sheer ignorance is a bliss as its better to not know something, as Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss. Alliteration is evident in the first paragraph as it mentions “Just like Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss” there is an occurrence of J. Another metaphor was identified which is “some people carry their honour in a flag. And their nationality they brag”. You cannot carry honour in a flag, but you can carry a flag with honour. When they mention carry they are meaning you take it on with pride.

Of human ignorance I am almost in despair

For racism is around me everywhere

But like they say sheer ignorance is bliss

Just like Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss.

Some people carry their honour in a flag

And of their Nationality they brag

They feel superior and they differentiate

And against those who are different they discriminate.

So many people still judged by their race

For such there never ought to be a place

'A fair go' those untruthful words I do recall

There is no such a thing as a 'fair go for all'.

Though we live in a so called democracy

Of racism we never will be free

They judge you by where you come from and the colour of your skin

For many equality and respect seems impossible to win.

It's been awhile since the days of Martin Luther King

His name to it has a familiar ring

If against racism he did not choose to strive

Today the great man he would be alive.

So many holding the reins of power not spiritually aware

And racism is around me everywhere

And racism only leads to division and war

Just goes to show how ignorant some are.

Freedom"

(feat. Kendrick Lamar)

[Beyoncé:]

Tryna rain, tryna rain on the thunder

Tell the storm I'm new

I'ma walk, I'ma march on the regular

Painting white flags blue

Lord forgive me, I've been running

Running blind in truth

I'ma rain, I'ma rain on this bitter love

Tell the sweet I'm new

I'm telling these tears, "Go and fall away, fall away"

May the last one burn into flames

Freedom! Freedom! I can't move

Freedom, cut me loose!

Freedom! Freedom! Where are you?

Cause I need freedom too!

I break chains all by myself

Won't let my freedom rot in hell

Hey! I'ma keep running

Cause a winner don't quit on themselves

I'ma wade, I'ma wave through the waters

Tell the tide, "Don't move"

I'ma riot, I'ma riot through your borders

Call me bulletproof

Lord forgive me, I've been runnin'

Runnin' blind in truth

I'ma wade, I'ma wave through your shallow love

Tell the deep I'm new

I'm telling these tears, "Go and fall away, fall away"

May the last one burn into flames

Freedom! Freedom! I can't move

Freedom, cut me loose!

Freedom! Freedom! Where are you?

Cause I need freedom too!

I break chains all by myself

Won't let my freedom rot in hell

Hey! I'ma keep running

Cause a winner don't quit on themselves

[Kendrick Lamar:]

Ten Hail Marys, I meditate for practice

Channel 9 news tell me I'm movin' backwards

Eight blocks left, death is around the corner

Seven misleadin' statements 'bout my persona

Six headlights wavin' in my direction

Five-O askin' me what's in my possession

Yeah, I keep runnin', jump in the aqueducts

Fire hydrants and hazardous

Smoke alarms on the back of us

But mama, don't cry for me, ride for me

Try for me, live for me

Breathe for me, sing for me

Honestly guidin' me

I could be more than I gotta be

Stole from me, lied to me, nation hypocrisy

Code on me, drive on me

Wicked, my spirit inspired me

Like yeah, open correctional gates in higher desert

Yeah, open our mind as we cast away oppression

Yeah, open the streets and watch our beliefs

And when they carve my name inside the concrete

I pray it forever reads

[Beyoncé:]

Freedom! Freedom! I can't move

Freedom, cut me loose!

Freedom! Freedom! Where are you?

Cause I need freedom too!

I break chains all by myself

Won't let my freedom rot in hell

Hey! I'ma keep running

Cause a winner don't quit on themselves

[Kendrick Lamar:]

What you want from me?

Is it truth you seek? Oh father can you hear me?

What you want from me?

Is it truth you seek? Oh father can you hear me?

Hear me out

[Hattie White:]

I had my ups and downs, but I always find the inner strength to pull myself up. I was served lemons, but I made lemonade

Freedom- Beyoncé

Freedom which is sung by Beyoncé featuring Kendrick Lamar is about police brutality, the vivid message of liberation and that Black Lives Matter movement. Beyoncé sings about racism and injustice back to the time when slavery was in the United States. When rapper Kendrick Lamar comes in he raps about how the interaction between a police officer had towards a black men. He is also singing about all the mothers afflicted by unnecessary violence against black men and women. Imagery is clear throughout the song like for example repetition, the word Freedom is said frequently as she is trying to get her point across with a strong tone. With using a strong tone she is allowing the audience to know that she does not stand for this problem and she is being a leader about it. Symbolism was also identified in the song, “Freedom! Freedom! I can't move

Freedom, cut me loose! Freedom! Freedom! Where are you? Cause I need freedom too!” This talks about when the black people would get arrested unnecessarily, they would beg to for “freedom” as they would be getting hand cuffs on them while trying to break free. This song is very powerful, it conveys the message very strongly making it easier for the viewers.

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