A Racist's Confession

November 6, 2008
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A word that in many ways
Controls our views of the world
Limiting the prosperity we crave
And the equality we need
I am a Racist
Not because I have hate in my heart
I’d rather fill that void with love
And occasional indifference
But because I listen
To the stereotypes
To the slurs
To the hate
I listen intently
I don’t believe but I listen
And I do nothing to stop it
Which begs the question
Who’s more guilty anyway
The racist pig who pulls the trigger
Or the shrugging nobody who goes
on with his day?

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ariwrites94 said...
Nov. 11, 2009 at 5:43 pm
Hey, wonderful work!!! this is amazing . . . U write beautifuly so continue writing!!! also plz check out my poem called "Sensitive Am I" and it would be appreciated a comment and a rating, thankx! and keep up the good work!!!
Carol said...
Oct. 13, 2009 at 9:03 pm
I really love your poem. It really makes me think. :)
Electricity This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 6, 2009 at 8:52 pm
amazing poem, i love it!
doverdrama said...
Jul. 16, 2009 at 12:48 pm
really cool. i used to think like you, but then i realized that everyone was made by God, so who am I to look down on someone He created?
Tornado M. replied...
Mar. 10, 2012 at 5:23 pm
jinx man. jinx.
crimson.k said...
Jul. 8, 2009 at 11:38 pm
truth in its rawest. :)
Ann said...
Jun. 9, 2009 at 2:09 pm
Excellent poem with a fresh perspective on racism. I read this to my class.
YeseniaG said...
Apr. 11, 2009 at 3:24 pm
Great. I love how you put the poem in that perspective.
overgrow said...
Apr. 5, 2009 at 7:49 pm
A good poem by any means. the first time I read it I wasn't actually aware it was a poem. It seemed so true and so just. I am quite impressed.
MDM23 said...
Mar. 13, 2009 at 5:48 pm
very real and compelling.
imjackman said...
Feb. 13, 2009 at 4:29 pm
very interrrresting. nice poem.
HBCdance said...
Feb. 3, 2009 at 9:37 pm
I really liked the truth in that piece. A lot of people stand by and watch as racism happens, but very few take action to stop it. Also, great job. I, for one, would have a TON of trouble putting that into words, and then you go and do it perfectly!
dreamer101 said...
Jan. 30, 2009 at 11:07 pm
You brought up a point that is often overlooked by many people. The bystanders are just as guilty as the people engaging in the acts of racism. I think you are very wise in realizing this. It was amazing!
Reader93 said...
Jan. 12, 2009 at 5:41 am
This was amazing, definitley the best work I've read so far on this site. What you're saying is so true too.
Hali said...
Jan. 10, 2009 at 10:00 pm
Wow! amazing.
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