Oodgeroo Noonuccal

(1920-1993 / Stradbroke Island)

Racism - Poem by Oodgeroo Noonuccal

Stalking the corridors of life,
Black, frustrated minds
Scream for release
From Christian racist moulds.
Moulds that enslave
Black independence.

Take care! White racists!
Black can be racists too.
A violent struggle could erupt
And racists meet their death.

Colour, the gift of nature
To mankind,
Is now the contentions bone,
And black-white hatred sustains itself
on the rotting, putrid flesh
That once was man.

Topic(s) of this poem: racism

Comments about Racism by Oodgeroo Noonuccal

  • (6/9/2017 6:17:00 PM)

    From Christian racist moulds... You do realize that you have put all Christians into a box with a statement. The KKK are RADICAL Christians, just as ISIS is a group of Muslim EXTREMISTS. Just wanted to enlighten you to this. Otherwise, Great poem! (Report) Reply

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  • Rajnish Manga (11/3/2016 9:03:00 AM)

    I have not seen seen a poem where the scourge or the curse of racism has been portrayed so emphatically. This great poem is one of my favourites. Thanks.
    Stalking the corridors of life / Black, frustrated minds
    Scream for release / Take care! White racists! / Black can be racists too
    Colour, the gift of nature / To mankind / Is now the contentions bone,
    (Report) Reply

  • (3/15/2016 12:57:00 AM)

    is there any poetic technique? (Report) Reply

  • Lubinda Lubinda (9/12/2015 5:54:00 PM)

    God gives us the gift of Colour but mankind has turned the whole senario around and we've been fighting over which colour is more superior than the other, quite frankly i thick were all unique in our own special way! (Report) Reply

    Mohammed Asim Nehal Mohammed Asim Nehal (11/3/2016 3:15:00 PM)

    I fully agree....

  • (8/31/2015 10:04:00 PM)

    One God. One creation. One human race. One man. One woman. The two, says He, shall be one. How interesting it is that from the very beginning, the intent was division and separation, but unity, oneness, togetherness. (Report) Reply

    Curtis Johnson (9/1/2015 11:39:00 AM)

    Correction: intent was not. Curtis.

  • Jayatissa K. Liyanage (8/31/2015 12:34:00 PM)

    Colour is for variation, not for discrimination. How on earth can a racist talk of justice, on any matter, for that matter? (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (8/31/2015 12:09:00 PM)

    Any judgement based on the race or the colour of the skin cannot and should not be accepted in any part of the world. (Report) Reply

  • Kenneth Maswabi (8/31/2015 9:20:00 AM)

    Mankind has leaped across the raging sea of ignorance but one thing still stains him, racism. Racism is a child of the mind and the mind has an infinite depth...i think racism is going to persist but the questions is are you going to be one of the racists? (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (8/31/2015 7:21:00 AM)

    Racism had eaten up the brains of the wicked ones among us! Nice work. (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (8/31/2015 12:42:00 AM)

    Hatred due to racism will lead to eternal fight and destruction! It is a clear warning to all indulging in racist fights! (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (1/3/2015 4:57:00 AM)

    Colour is the gift of nature to mankind. But humanity is pone for all and equally dwells every where. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 3, 2015

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