Francis Duggan


Racism Is Around Me Everywhere - Poem by Francis Duggan

Of human ignorance I am almost in despair
For racism is around me everywhere
But like they say sheer ignorance is bliss
Just like Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss.

Some people carry their honour in a flag
And of their Nationality they brag
They feel superior and they differentiate
And against those who are different they discriminate.

So many people still judged by their race
For such there never ought to be a place
'A fair go' those untruthful words I do recall
There is no such a thing as a 'fair go for all'.

Though we live in a so called democracy
Of racism we never will be free
They judge you by where you come from and the colour of your skin
For many equality and respect seems impossible to win.

It's been awhile since the days of Martin Luther King
His name to it has a familiar ring
If against racism he did not choose to strive
Today the great man he would be alive.

So many holding the reins of power not spiritually aware
And racism is around me everywhere
And racism only leads to division and war
Just goes to show how ignorant some are.


Comments about Racism Is Around Me Everywhere by Francis Duggan

  • Jasbir Chatterjee Jasbir Chatterjee (6/21/2016 4:29:00 AM)

    Another very touching poem. Thanks for sharing it. (Report) Reply

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  • Leah Ross Leah Ross (4/5/2016 9:14:00 PM)

    So true heavy are the words they ring true if Martin Luther King would roll in his grave if he could see America what it is today (Report) Reply

  • Ahmed Gumaa Siddiek Ahmed Gumaa Siddiek (2/28/2016 10:23:00 AM)

    This is really a great poem about one of the most distributing human issue. It has been well tackled by the poet. I liked your poem very much (Report) Reply

  • Cynthia Buhain-baello Cynthia Buhain-baello (2/5/2016 7:17:00 PM)

    This poem brought back memories of my trip to Australia - I was in a shop looking a blouses and a Chinese salesperson asked me pointblank Are you an illegal? (I am Filipino) . I replied with a blunt -I am a guest speaker at a conference here, do you want to see my visa? Well that put her in her place. However, at the plane (Quantas) the male steward kept ignoring me when I said I would have coffee instead of tea. He pretended I was not there and that was another act of racism -because I was of different race and color. Great poem, good points, and sharp observation. (Report) Reply

  • Swapna Fernandez Swapna Fernandez (1/24/2016 10:41:00 AM)

    great thoughts... A good piece of work... (Report) Reply

  • Jayatissa K. Liyanage Jayatissa K. Liyanage (1/14/2016 7:52:00 PM)

    Excellent thoughts, especially in the eve of the death anniversary of a great Human, Martin Luther King Jr. who waged an intellectual war against racism. Let all fair minded people be united in the name of this Son of all races. Thank you Francis for sharing your thoughts. (Report) Reply

  • Roseann Shawiak (1/10/2016 6:30:00 PM)

    Racism is running rampant being fueled by obama, which makes no sense at all for he is half black and half white. George Soros paying blacks from different states to go to Ferguson and riot. Sharpton always ready to protest when blacks are killed by police, ignoring the many more of whites and other races who are killed. Ignorance abounding in the few, the rest of us get along well. I was shocked by the uprising of racism, but it seems to have been started by political correctness which discriminates against those you are jealous of. To me being political correct means you are morally and ethically wrong. Love your poem, brought so many thoughts to mind. Thank you for sharing. RoseAnn (Report) Reply

  • Liza Sudina Liza Sudina (10/15/2015 2:30:00 AM)

    I didn't know that Racism still exists... sad. tragic. (Report) Reply

  • Melvina Germain Melvina Germain (6/12/2015 8:21:00 PM)

    How true and on point this tell it like it is poem is. The color of ones skin has certainly been the rage of brutality in authoritative figures and in pubic who walk with hate in their eyes. When will it end, I wish I knew. Thank you for this well versed and truthful pome Francis..... (Report) Reply

  • Allotey Abossey (6/12/2015 11:32:00 AM)

    Well done my friend, your words express strong emotional detest for an ill mental asset of some people and I believe you are in the right line. Racism is bad racism must be stopped. God bless you (Report) Reply

  • Mehta Hasmukh Amathalal (6/6/2015 7:58:00 PM)

    'A fair go' those untruthful words I do recall
    There is no such a thing as a 'fair go for all'... lovely lines...10

    racism is must
    to create trust
    and feel proud
    but not to hate loud (Report) Reply

  • Amitava Sur Amitava Sur (3/15/2015 7:21:00 AM)

    In centuries, the good people were the prey of racism
    Racists are butchering humanity from this earth.
    The idea of ' might is right', they try to establish....... very reight

    You may read my poem AN APPEAL (Report) Reply

  • Hebert Logerie Sr. Hebert Logerie Sr. (3/3/2015 8:38:00 PM)

    Racism is a lethal poison of ignorance, high treason and hypocrisy. Unfortunately, racism is in the air, in the air waves, in Wall Street, in the school system, in the Parliament, in the judicial system, etc. etc. (Report) Reply

  • Heather Wilkins Heather Wilkins (11/17/2014 7:10:00 PM)

    we are all Gods children we look at life through rose colored glasses let all men be equal lovely (Report) Reply

  • Lyn Paul Lyn Paul (11/17/2014 7:31:00 AM)

    Racism is a concern yet so many of us see such friendships uniting with so many from different countries. It is a small world and it would be wonderful to unite as one. Wonderful words expressed. (Report) Reply

  • Louis Rams Louis Rams (11/8/2014 10:22:00 AM)

    you never cease to amaze me with every poem that you write,
    and takes the readers out of darkness into light..
    it's been a while and I miss your poetry. blessings (Report) Reply

  • Amitava Sur Amitava Sur (11/6/2014 6:45:00 PM)

    A lovely poem on such an issue which has disturbed the world so unnecessarily. And people favoring it are the enemy of society (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh Rai Ramesh Rai (10/25/2014 1:51:00 AM)

    Racism is curse for human society. (Report) Reply

  • Douglas Scotney (10/17/2014 6:53:00 PM)

    ...as ignorance is bliss,
    when struck, you don't know why what hit you hit you,
    and if you survive
    you're glad you're alive,
    but none the wiser,
    as ignorance is bliss,
    and when struck, you don't know why what hit you hit you... (Report) Reply

  • Lyn Paul Lyn Paul (10/17/2014 9:18:00 AM)

    Excellent words. Racism a shocking words, with a small percent who support. Yet enough to cause so much damage . I speak with all different cultures each day and laugh with them all. Thank you (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, March 16, 2008

Poem Edited: Monday, March 21, 2011


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