Freedom Road (Featured Poem of the Month)

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Freedom Road (Featured Poem of the Month)

Last Visit to Chestnut Middle School

Appeared in Freedom Road (Wednesday, 30 November 2005)

M-I-N-O-R-I-T-Y

Can one of you kids
Define the word Minority?

Carlos: It means little kids!
Shawanda:  It means young people!
Kim:  It means small groups!
Ernesto:  It means a whole bunch of Minors!

S-T-E-R-E-O-T-Y-P-E-S

Can one of you kids
Define the word
Stereotypes?

Carlos: It means Sony!
Shawanda:  It means radio!
Kim: It means FM/AM!

And how about you, Ernesto
Do you have some witty definition?

Ernesto: It means all Puerto Ricans drive foreign small cars and ear rice & beans too much pernil and steal and have roaches and have twenty babies and are all on welfare and all Black people drive Cadillacs and love fried chicken and can dance very good and rap and Asians know Kung Fu and stink . . . .
An I think stereotypes
Also have something to do
With my stereo!
Yep!  Stereotypes
Also have something to do
With my stereo!

Courtesy of: Medina, T and L.R. Rivera (Eds) bum rush the page: a def poetry jam, NY: Three Rivers Press (2001)

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