At this rate
Your feelings of self-hate
Doesn’t help to tackle racism
Nor deal with the fascism
Sweeping the world and spreading fake news
About white superiority and dismissing black views
Your “wokeness” and self-flagellation
And words of white degradation.
Is not what black and brown people need
We cannot feed
On your sense of hating being white
When whiteness is the problem that ain’t right
Non-racialism serves to fix nothing.
Leaving black and brown people wanting
Anti-racism is the key.
Not tears and self-hate see
Cause hating yourself, and sobbing can’t bring about much-needed change.
Leaving us perpetually out of range
For better jobs and a future where we can
Live together, and have equal rights.
And together we can hold hands and fight.
All injustices that come our way
So for meaningful change, keep the tears at bay.
And realise that focussing on how bad you feel.
Doesn’t help to heal
The many scars left by people who looked at us with hate
And decided our fate.
We understand you want to make things right.
So wipe your tears, roll up your sleeves and begin to fight.
Discriminatory laws that shut us out of the economy
Treat us as if we are less than animals that roam the earth
And hate that sticks to us from birth.
Just imagine if in the face of gender-based violence.
All men do is cry and attempt to silence.
Us with their self-hate for being male
While society at large, fail
The women and children who are harmed
Cause our focus is to calm
The men, crying and hating being men.
Without lifting a finger right then
And speak up about what is bad,
But rather get mad
At being men while children cry
And women die
There’s nothing wrong with being white.
But self-hate is not a fight.
Against what we need
Please, let your actions start to lead.
By standing firm, fighting and being loud and clear
That in your presence we are safe and don’t need to fear
That we will be hurt by racists and left dying
While you stand on the sidelines, crying.