Forget all the values you promote
Forget the advert you used minorities
If you cannot bother to include them
In your mundane conversations
In your social gatherings
How can you claim you care
Let alone love
Nothing did, does, will change
Your irony is alive and well
Your words are dead to me
I wrote this poem about my frustration with the society.
It upsets me to hear another person sharing this experience with me.
I have been there myself so I know what it is like to be left feeling “the outsider.”
Nothing seems to change.
The government and our society are good at creating slogans to persuade us that they want unity and they celebrate diversity.
But in reality, it is easier to make themselves look good than to examine and confront their internal biases and change their own behaviours.
I am inspired by this article The challenges of making friends from other racial groups
If you truly want change, start from yourself.
Invite a colleague of different race to lunch.
Talk to a minority classmate who appears on their own.
Actions are more contagious than words.