So, the other day the documentary filmmaker, Michael Moore, retweeted my poem Stupid White Men (A collection of book titles #3) to his vast array of twitter followers and generally it got good feed back. But, as comes with such a controversial character as Mr. Moore there are also those who have negative opinions. Namely that the poem itself is racist.
It was my intention that this poem was a not only a play on book titles, but a look at, as Michael Moore’s book does, the greed, selfishness and hypocrisy of a certain group of individuals that put themselves before their species. To me race didn’t factor into this and the book title seemed to fit perfectly with what i intended. But not a racist poem.
I feel that I am far from racist, religionists or any other form of ist. To be honest, I find the whole concept of hatred confusing and almost beyond my grasp. We are all human beings after all. To hate one because of a difference in their nature or appearance is to hate not only your species, but yourself. Humanity is full of beauty, wonder and amazement that is a direct result of each of our unique qualities. Although I think this should extend to all species of life. All life is beautiful and unique and should be treasured for its vastness and beauty. I feel that as a human we have been given our intelligence for the purpose of caring for and bettering all life. We are the earth caretakers, not owners, Hence why I have been a vegetarian for the last 8 years too.
When I first started this blog I was always worried about feed back, especially any that might be negative. It took me many years and an amazing fiancé and family to gain enough confidence to share my poetry. Twice in the last 10 years I have completely destroyed everything I have written because i felt it was inadequate. I know this is probably to be expected, but getting twitter messages calling me racist is getting tiresome. Also I started a new job today at 5am, which meant typically my brain refused to shut up the night before just so I was ready for the early start! Im tired so I’m probably being to sensitive on the subject.
Now, I come to you fellow word pressers, to ask what you think, as on the whole I feel you have more sense and understanding than the vast majority on twitter who seem to troll instead of thinking. Sorry Twitter, I am generalising greatly here, but my short time on twitter has shown me that the great majority tweet before they think.
So, Is the poem racist?