Lawrence S. Pertillar
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People Like Me

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I have been black.
To long to know,
Racism is a fact.
And living to experience that,
From childhood.
Throughout my entire life.

Anyone who has a need...
To try with attempts to tell me,
From their point of view.
Racism to know it,
Has not been their experience.
Done to convince me of it.
Will not be a debate,
To initiate with me.
In a needless argument.
Discussing bigotry.
And a disguising...
Of ongoing,
Unconscious racial hatred.

Initiated to start by those...
Who refuse to accept,
They too are black.
Although living,
In white neighborhoods.
With lives to live then say,
As if I should agree.
How blessed they are,
To live good and have it made.
Living away,
From people like me.
Refusing to accept reality!
Solomon Terlumun Tule 12 March 2021
this is a very great work
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Deluke Muwanigwa 12 March 2021
Great poem
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Deluke Muwanigwa 12 March 2021
Racism is such a debasing attitude. A fear of competition perhaps. Some of it is a mental illness, lytophobia...a fear of darkness.
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Sylvia Frances Chan 12 March 2021
I like your poem very much, great honesty in poetry! How finest and most pleasant to read this excellent poem from your thoughts, mind, heart and soul. I like the way you are yourself. Amazing! God's Blessings in Abundance
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Varsha M 11 March 2021
A unique expression of racist hatred in sober sound voice. Your every verse is full of experience that need to be attended and thought upon. A thoughtful poetry.
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