Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Fighting Racism with Laughter

Another quickie. In light of recent events, I want to share this poem, called White Flour, written by David LaMotte about a creative alternative to fighting racism (based on a true story, by the way). Here's just a small part. It's written in a Dr. Seuss-like rhyming meter, but the child-like tone belies a very serious message.
"White power!” screamed the marchers, and they raised their fisted hands
The clowns leaned in and listened like they couldn’t understand
Then one held up his finger and helped all the others see
The point of all this yelling, and they joined right in with glee
“White flour!” they all shouted and they felt inside their clothes
They pulled out bags and tore them and huge clouds of powder rose
They poured it on each other and they threw it in the air
It got all over baggy clothes and multi-colored hair
All but just a few of them were joining in the jokes
You could almost see the marchers turning red beneath white cloaks
They wanted to look scary, they wanted to look tough
One rushed right at the clowns in rage, and was hauled away in cuffs
I really recommend reading the whole thing. This is a message that needs to get out.

UPDATE: And it is getting out! A book is set to be released on May 26th, 2012!

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