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Racism Should Never Exist

Denise is a communication student, a poet and a book lover. She enjoys watching documentaries and film.

I made a poetry that supports the #BlackLivesMatter movement. This poem will speak about the importance of 'difference' and that regardless of color, our lives matter. Below this poem, I added a few things I've learned in class about the Spectacle of the ';Other' reading by Stuart Hall and a few insights from a social experiment we've done in the past about it.

To be a human, it needs no color

To be a human, it needs no color

To be human, it needs no color

Brown, white, or black, whatever color your complexion is,

you are human and your life matters

It's never right to negate someone's existence,

just because he, she, they are different from you

Difference, is what makes us human

We are born to be different because we are not machines that can be replicated,

manipulated, and altered

We cannot copy every single gene the other have

Because we are, human beings

No one can dominate over the rest

because we are one and the same,

We have the same legs, hands, eyes, mouth and ears, regardless of color, length or shape

We all use it the same way, anyway

to walk, to touch, to hear or listen, to see and to speak

We function and move the same, regardless of color or race

And we are entitled the same rights

The right for education,

the right to vote,

the right to express and speak,

the right to fair trial and due process and to be presumed innocent until proven guilty,

and the right to live is ageless, genderless and colorless

It only needs to be human,

but wait,

even animals and other living creatures have rights

so why can't we?

To you who's reading this poem right now,

speak and fight for what you and the rest of us deserve

We deserve to live in harmony with equal rights and opportunities

Because for you to be human, it needs no color

Through the years, 'blacks' and other marginalized groups have been abused and killed. Just recently we've heard the news about George Floyd and the brutal response of police force against the Black Lives Matter protesters. In my country, we've also heard about the violent response of our police force against the Lumads (the native Filipinos) protesting about their displacement from their lands and all of those events reminded me of a discussion we had in class about the "Spectacle of the Other." In this reading, I've learned that difference and the binary system is important in meaning-making and that our difference helps define the "other." We cannot define something without contrasting it with its counterpart. For example, the meaning of 'white' is constructed not because there is some essence of 'whiteness' but because we contrast it with its opposition - 'black'. This is only a glimpse of the reading's link I am going to attach in this blog. If you want to study more about this topic you can check out the link to the pdf file. It's quite a long read but it would be worth it.

Spectacle of the 'Other' by Stuart Hall

A few things I'd like to share

In our community, wearing 'extravagant' clothes and having tattoos have a lot of stereotypes. If you have tattoos, people will say you look dirty or you're like a member of a gang. These stereotypes exist not only in our community but everywhere and so, to prove that these stereotypes exist, we did some kind of social experiment in the streets of Colon in Cebu City, Philippines. The picture you see below is me and my friend doing the experiment ourselves.We wore fake tattoos and dressed 'extravagantly'.

Doing such, we've encountered countless catcalls and mocking from people who passed by us. It's expected but it was really an overwhelming experience - to experience the life of the 'Other'. How much more those people who have lived their entire lives being the 'Other', like the 'black' people in America? It is easy to point at others that they are different from you but you do not realize that you are also different from them. We are all different because like what I've said in my poem, difference makes us human.


© 2020 Dens Yang

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