We all heard the stories about racial incidents. Or rather: discrimination. Based on her own experiences, Alexa Fortune decided to pen down her feelings about what she has been through, many times during her life. This is what she calls a “raw piece.”
When reading this poem, it is clear what it is all about. Here is someone, who experienced discrimination from first hand. She is judged based on the colour of her skin. Most of us know, that this is not in any way acceptable, but it happens. Yes, Alexa currently lives in South Africa, but this isn’t something that happens just there. It happens everywhere. It’s not “limited” to one country. All around the world, people are struggling with this.
This poem is a protest to the way people are treated, solely based on what they look like. Alexa has experienced racial incidents during her life, especially at work.
“It is quite sad that many people are still judged by the colour of their skin and that their ability to succeed in the workplace seems to be linked to race. I have experienced this living in many countries, but I have never let it affect my ability to reach for absolutely everything I have wanted to achieve.”
This is, just like the poem, well-written, but these are also the words of a very strong woman. One who knows that she can’t let “them” win. Based on the work we published by her on our own website and her work on Instagram, we can only conclude, she is that person who struggles and will eventually win!
The poem isn’t just written based on her experiences. It holds a mirror and Alexa wants to help others, who dealt or deal with this. Also, it is a way to tell those who are guilty of this ethnical profiling and discrimination, that these aren’t just words. Instead of focussing on the differences, it’s time to respect the fact that we are different.
Always judged by the colour of my skin…
No matter how hard I work,
the world believes I will never be as good as them.
I try not to be those who fixate on these feelings,
But history is embedded in us, when they say one race is more appealing.
They state that ‘everyone is equal’,
but then some are more equal than others.
You’ll be treated better in situations
if you’re lighter when compared to another.
You’ll have to fight a hard fight to truly show your worth.
You’ll have to believe and persevere even harder
to get what you know you deserve.
When you confidently stand up for yourself and address the inequality.
All they do is look down on you, laugh and blame it on your inferiority.
At The Ministry of Poetic Affairs, we take pride in the variety of people who submit their work. It isn’t always those shiny love poems. These are beautiful too and can be very “strong.” Poems such as Alexa wrote, hold this mirror up and tell us that there is need to change this world.