wish all our readers, members, writers and poets a happy and peaceful world to
live in. THE ANTHOLOGY of Poetry for Unity against Racism is now online. In
this special issue we are focusing on RACISM to lend our individual voice for promoting
world peace, prosperity and unity of mankind. Let us speak out against racism,
violence, blood bath, and for peace prosperity and harmony among different
cultures, religions, race, and nationalities to make this world a better place
for our future generations.
think it is also the moral responsibility of poets and writers alike to put
their protest, agony, pain and sufferings in words against any racist attitude,
inherent belief and direct or indirect activities of discriminations among
various races which ends up in violence and hatred of one community by
other. The hatred of one person or
community by another or the belief that another person or community is less
than human because of skin color, language, customs, place of birth or any other
factors that supposedly reveal the basic nature of that person or community is racism,
which has influenced wars, and slavery down the history.
disempowers people by devaluing their identity. It is destructive in its
inherent nature which destroys community cohesion and creates divisions in
society. It is the opposite of the democratic principle of equality and the
right of all people to be treated fairly. Racism is a global phenomenon which
is influenced by a range of historical, social, political and economic factors.
It takes different forms in different contexts. Racist attitudes and beliefs
are misconceptions about people based on perceived racial lines and are often
founded on the fear of difference, including differences in customs, values,
religion, physical appearance and ways of living and viewing the world. Racism
is the result of a complex interplay of individual attitudes, social values and
institutional practices. It is expressed in the actions of individuals and
institutions and is promoted in the ideology of popular culture. It changes its
form in response to social change.
political and social institutions, organizations or governments also
discriminate, either deliberately or indirectly, against certain groups of
people to limit their rights. This form of institutional racism reflects the
cultural assumptions of the dominant group, so that the practices of that group
are seen as the norm to which other cultural practices should conform. This
form of racial attitudes and everyday practices regularly and systematically
advantages some ethnic and cultural groups and disadvantages and marginalizes
others. Institutional racism is often the most difficult to recognize and
counter, particularly when it is perpetrated by institutions and governments
who do not view themselves as racist.
this is the moment to shift our focus from mere literary work to use literature
to voice our individual protests in a collective manner. No, this is not a
political debate for us. We are only concerned with the unity and prosperity of
human beings everywhere irrespective of their cast and religion, race and
nationality, beliefs and doubts, language and culture. This is the time we
thought OUR POETRY ARCHIVE should come out with this special number focusing
these issues and addressing the world in poetry for peace against hatred and
racist attitude. And we are glad; we have got a huge response from the literary
communities all around the world.
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contributed their time and provided suggestions, guidance and strong support to
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and friends who were directly involved in this collective project. This edition
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have made it possible.
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front of social and single behaviors that appear irrational we have always to
wonder what are the reasons behind which gave them rise, look for the root
causes to correct, eradicate them. From the sociological point of view, racist
behaviors, apparently generally rejected, are largely widespread in all
societies although in different forms and manifestations. What we generally
term as racism is not just a sort of racial exclusion because within the same
ethnic group there can be different forms of discriminations by gender and
social class. Scientific research in the
field of psychology and sociology indicates that racism and prejudices are still
among the major problems our society faces. Though racism has deep
psychological motives and processes involved, a number of published studies
have demonstrated that people use prejudicial attitudes and discriminatory
behaviors to boast their own self esteem. Humans are social creatures that feel
safer being part of a group and like to see their group as important and
significant, so if someone is noticeably different they hold negative
has also been argued that prejudice and racism in particular may be driven, in
part, by basic survival motives. Humans evolved as a species that thrives in
groups, and groups compete over scarce resources. We do not have to look back at our ancestors
to see this in practice. Even today, nations and groups within nations fight
over access to limited resources.
Therefore, one cause of racism may be an innate proclivity towards group
conflict in the service of resource acquisition. Of course, this is extremely
problematic in a modern interconnected world. However, we must strive to have
belief systems that reject what may be a natural inclination not to trust or
hold negative attitudes about people who don’t belong to the same group.
of the most common reason leading to discrimination is due to the diversity of the skin colors, that’s of a different
pigmentation, depending on the geographical distribution of UV radiations. So
areas which receive higher amounts of UVR, generally located closer to the
equator, tend to have darker-skinned
populations whereas areas close to the
poles have lower intensity of UVR which
is reflected in lighter skinned populations. Research
also demonstrated that human populations can change from dark skinned to light
skinned and vice versa as they migrate to different UV zones. In spite of that,
many people fail to believe that race is not a biological category but an
artificial classification of people with no scientific variable parts.
all that was ignored by the Spanish and the English settlers of America. And
today we can read from the
history book about the miserable living
conditions of the Blacks in their colonies.
The treatment of the slaves was brutal and degrading: shackling,
mutilation, beating, and sexual abuses were common. But was racism against the
Blacks just because of the diversity or also because the American colonists
were in need of cheap labor for their cotton and tobacco plantations? Neither
thesis can be excluded. Man expresses
the need to feel part of a group together with his attitude to take for him
what he thinks to need. Both things
intertwine. And, was the termination of Jews during the Nazi regime because of
their different religion or just a
political gimmick to realize the Hitlerian plan to conquer Europe? The very
idea of racial cleansing, deportation, gas chambers, mass slaughters goes
beyond all human understanding, and I wonder why the world has not been able to
stop a man like Hitler, to recognize his madness in good time.
is said that history is teacher of life that man learns from it, but if we
simply turn our gaze around, we can realize that horrible things still happen.
So, let’s think too of the many new-born babies in some Asian countries
condemned to death if females. Small
defenseless human beings who are denied life: social behaviors that arouse awe
and horror. I do not think they can fall within the pure definition of racism, but they are certainly the most
brutal form of exclusion and discrimination, which would open the field to a
long debate on the status of women, especially in some countries of the
southern hemisphere. Discrimination practiced under the common roof!
of course the path of man on this planet is in eternal evolution and steps
forward to a more harmonious way of life have been made; but the road is still
long. Thousands of people continue to have an attitude of passive acceptance of
the status quo, perhaps suffering abuses themselves because unaware of their
human and social rights. Education, I believe, could play an important, crucial
role. I mean education to the acceptance, respect for differences, integration.
But we all witness the lack of a serious
reflection and commitment from the institutions responsible to it.
it becomes a duty on the part of the intellectuals, of those who hold the power
of a wider knowledge and sensibility to awaken consciences to a more active and
fair participation in the life I believe this is the primary objective of this
anthology which sees poets from different countries, speaking different
languages united in a common spirit
against racism and discrimination.