So, we just finished Racism Awareness Week, and as part of his homework, Zander had to practice reading the poem below. As far as I know, besides a march in Centre Ville, there was nothing else that happened to mark this event. The march was by members of African nations. I find it very interesting that black vs. white is the focus of this event, when, in my experience, the real race problems in this nation are between the native French (black and white) and the Muslims. I guess they don’t count as a race? Whenever I mention this divide to the native French, they get very defensive and say how the Muslims really need to realize they are French now, and should do all the French stuff. I mean, if the teachers want to send home Easter baskets with all the little Muslim kids – tant pis! If they want to complain, they shouldn’t really be here.
I was glad to see, however, that Zander’s teacher cared enough to share at least a bit of multicultural awareness with her small charges. I will do my pitiful best to translate this pearl of wisdom.
Poem from an African for my White counterpart
Dear WHITE brother !!!!
- When I was born I was BLACK,
- When I’m grown I am BLACK,
- When I go out in the sun I am BLACK,
- When I am scared I am BLACK,
- When I am sick I am BLACK,
- When I die, I will be BLACK,
AS FOR YOU WHITE MAN,
And, after all this !!! You have the nerve to call me :
Sadly, the author is unknown (except, of course, that he is African). It’s really a shame I can’t give him credit for this.
Enough said, for now. I hope you all feel much, much less racist sentiment raging through your veins. (If you are not seeing the irony in my words, I suspect you need some sensitivity training).
Thank you for caring.
P.S. Do French white people still really call black people ‘colored’? I mean, that’s so out of vogue in the US! It’s either black or African American, right? What is the PC term for a black french person? Homme de noir? Homme d’Afrique? If it is “Homme d’Afrique,” how do you ascertain if they are French Africans or African Africans or African Americans? The mind reels….