Chris Lane

International Clowns Guild. At A Recent Conference On Racism - Poem by Chris Lane

At a recent conference on racism
The International Clowns Guild made a surprise appearance
Sporting red noses and rainbow colored wigs
Apart from that, these Clowns looked just like everyone else.

Commencing their performance by hissing and booing
The Clowns between sobs their audience were wooing
Lamenting their complaint - simply stated
Because of their red noses and rainbow colored wigs
These Clowns claimed - for that, they had been discriminated against.

Removing their noses and colorful wigs
The Clowns indeed proved they looked just like everyone else:
As The Clowns true identity had been revealed
Laughter erupted for it was plainly seen
Clowns are people with or without their red noses or wigs
Thereby proving that between Clowns and People racism should never exist.

© Calac

The 2009 World Conference Against Racism was held in Geneva, Switzerland. Canada, the United States of America, New Zealand, Germany, Italy, Sweden, the Netherlands, Poland and, after some initial skepticism, Australia announced they would not participate in the conference.

The World Conference against Racism (WCAR) are international events organized by the UNESCO to struggle against racism ideologies and behaviours. Four conferences have been held so far, in 1978,1983,2001 and 2009. Founded after World War II as a dependent body of the United Nations, the UNESCO started as soon as its creation to promote scientific studies concerning ethnic groups and their diffusion in the public opinion to dispel pseudo-scientific rationalizations of racism. One of its first published work was The Race Question in 1950, signed by various internationally renowned scholars.

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Poem Edited: Thursday, July 28, 2011

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