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The American Bigotry

September 27, 2009
By VanillaRose BRONZE, Osceola, Indiana
VanillaRose BRONZE, Osceola, Indiana
4 articles 0 photos 3 comments

We thought they were beneath us
We knew we could control them
We said that they were less than human
Because there were not white

We said that they were savage
We knew that they would fight us
We thought that we could break them
Because they were not white


We said that they were lesser
We knew that they were weaker
We thought we would defeat them
Because they were not men

We say that they deserve it
We know what they did to us
We think that they are lesser
Because they are not black


The author's comments:
This is a poem about the continuing cycle of discrimination that has and is taking place in America. We are constantly discriminating whether it is sex, age, race, or color. Sometimes we are not aware that we are discriminating. I think that Americans should become much more aware of it and try to stop it. Discrimination is nothing but hate.

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on Sep. 27 2010 at 9:04 pm
taylor.nichole SILVER, Bakersfield, California
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Favorite Quote:
I restore myself when I'm alone -Maralin Monroe
iv'e always been misrepresented. You know, I could dress in a clown costume and laugh with the happy people but they'd still say i'm a dark personality. - Tim Burton

this was realy good:) i know whut you mean

on Oct. 12 2009 at 9:45 am
VanillaRose BRONZE, Osceola, Indiana
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thanks. yeah, i have never really done poetry before, so i didn't know what type it was.

TJ-45 said...
on Oct. 12 2009 at 5:52 am
I like this, it's a very clever statement and format. It shows the bigotry of both white men, AND black men. The only thing wrong with it is it's not really a sonnet. (A sonnet is 14 lines, and in your poem I counted 16) I still love it though.


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