I mentioned a week ago that the Civil Rights Unit under Bill Delahunt the then Norfolk County District Attorney formed a Students Alliance Against Racism. It was quite successful at the time especially because of the cooperation of the police chiefs and police officers in Norfolk County, Massachusetts along with the many teachers, administrators and principals who sought to make it work
During its existence it had a writing competition back in 1985. Some of the students submitted poems. Here is one that was received:
Why mother? Why don’t the guys want me around?
And when I smile at them they turn around
Mother, is it because I’m different?
I just don’t understand…
Mother, in school no ones shakes my hand.
In the halls no one walks or talks with me,
Is it because I’m different, that they think I’m not fun?
Sometimes, I just want to scream, I want to run
I want to be like everyone.
Really, I’m not ashamed of being different
everyone’s different in their own way.
But if it’s not wrong, why is there a price to pay?
But you know mother, maybe if they were in my place,
they would understand all the hurt I feel
from this cruelty I face
of being discriminated because of my race.
Nayrobi Tejada Norwood High School