Poem for a new year: “The shade of a person is just the cover to their story, And there is no reason not to open their book”

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Racism

by Natalia Immordino, a 10-year-old who attends Pembridge Hall Preparatory School for Girls in London

The shade of a person is just the cover to their story,
And there is no reason not to open their book,
As people who bask in the light of white glory,
Believe the truth is in their look.

Lives have been lost, death has reigned,
All because of a shade,
Nothing from this injustice have we gained,
Not from the flick of a blade.

‘Fair’ is a word of power,
Of righteousness and equality,
It is strong and tall like a tower,
And fair has no frivolity.

Fair is what humans should be,
The one virtue we all lack,
We should not judge from what we see,
As what really is the difference between white and black?

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/28/opinion/sunday/nicholas-kristof-when-readers-do-get-it.html?rref=collection%2Fcolumn%2Fnicholas-kristof&_r=0

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