Jack Hayward, Age 15, was announced as the overall winner of this year's Anti-Racist School Competition
Get up in the morning, make some toast,
Brush my teeth and get the post,
It's the news: the headline reads,
"Immigrants taking all our needs,
They fill our houses, take our jobs,
And all their children are uncouth yobs"
But what the newpapers don't see -
These people are like you and me.
They were persecuted in their country,
And may have come from poverty.
That's why they come to the UK,
But most were born here anyway.
I walk to school for 9 o'clock,
But I'm caught up in a state of shock,
Two white boys beat a black boy up,
And as I run to break it up,
The two whites shout, "Hey, Monkey Man,
Why not go back to Pakistan?"
The black boy screams, "Let go of me,
I'm not from Pakistan you see,
My mother came many years ago,
From Africa, so let me go!"
He's beaten up, some blood is spilled,
I ran away and as I chilled
I thought about what happened there,
And why the boys just didn't care.
It's prejudice of race you see,
Learned from their friends or family,
Born out of ignorance or hate
But they need to get their heads straight.
They need to interact with the folks,
Who are the butt of all their jokes.
Maybe when they learn to respect,
They'll find friends with which to connect,
And disregard the colour of skin
And maybe try to look within.
And anyone who is abused,
I have advice that you could use:
Don't be silent, help the fight,
Teach these idiots to see the light,
Stand up, tell a parent or friend,
And let racism come to an end.