I’ve been talking a lot about the Freedom Writers lately, and I thought that now I would let them speak for themselves. Here are two poems, taken from the book that was a compilation of their work.
They say, I say
I am brown
I am proud.
I only know how to cook
I know how to write a book
So don’t judge me by the way I look
I am brown
I am proud
I’m not the future of this nation
Stop giving me discrimination Instead
I’m gonna use my education to help build the human nation. —-A Freedom Writer
Don’t be afraid to be what you are, ‘
cause all you can be, is you!
You’ll never be anything else but you,
so be the best you, you can be.
Keep it real—
by all means, at all times.
Whether a lawyer, a doctor, a football player,
a toilet cleaner, a garbage handler, a panhandler—
Keep it real and still—
be the best you can be.
Have pride, have dignity, stand!
Stand proud, talk proud, act proud, be proud!
Don’t lay down, back down, bow down, run away.
sell out yourself, sell into criticism.
Be real and realize that the ones who criticise,
best recognize that you are you!
take it or leave it.
MMM HMMM —– a freedom writer