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Taught Racism
WMP (October 1951 / London, UK)

Taught Racism

Poem By willow moon pearce

Children are born blind to hate and bigotry
With their big smiles and loving ways
They are taught ugliness
By unthinking adults and overheard conversation
This makes them use words and terms that for generations
Have caused hate and bitterness
To our fellow man.

Yes, they are taught, not born
To this social cancer.
I once asked a black friend how he would like
To be addressed?
Black, afro-american or just coloured.
No he said - just call me friend.

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Hi, my name is Olivia and I´m studying Willow Moon Pearce and his poem called ¨Taught Racism" for a school poem reading. After I read the poem I need to tell more about my author. However the problem is that his page does not tell much about Willow Moon Pearce, so I was wondering if someone that knows Willow or Willow himself could maybe reply back with some basic information about him. Thank you!
Does anyone know when this was written? Thank you.
i will now be putting this poem into my (our) usually-monthly display of poems which i call a showcase. Thanks. your name will be mentioned at least twice. bri :)
(cont.) Thanks. Bri :) p.s. showcases ‘show up’ as individual poems in my Bri Edwards list of PH poems; search by month and year, since about three years ago.