Sample Poetry Paper on Colors of Racism

I echo Audre Lorde’s words that it is not our differences that divide us rather our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences, in reference to how people prejudice against each other, especially in terms of skin color. Herbert Logerie’s Color of racism brings out this feeling; the feeling of color difference, and reveals how hurting, painful and regretful it is to be judged based on your skin color. The color of racism brings out the prejudices that face people, the writer and his siblings just because of color; ranging from respect, justice, fairness, access to services among others. In this piece of writing and emotional exposure, Logerie uses several forms of literary devices; figurative language, tone and mood, repetition, rhyme and symbolism to bring out the suffering, hatred, inequity, rejection among other unfounded practices that racism subjects people to.

One of the most used literary devices by Logerie is the figurative language, to express sadness and suffering. How racism makes him and people around him sad, and subjects them to suffering is brought out specifically through use of symbolism. Symbolism is seen when Logerie compares racism to cancer, a disease that subjects people to suffering and one of the deadliest diseases in the present world.  He says, “I see the serious mental and physical damages that this cancer has done throughout the age”. (ll 2-3). Logerie puts in practice the use of personification to show dissatisfaction segregation and rejection, by embodying racism and making the practice get sick. In line 21 he states, “I see the sick color of racism…/I see the ugly color of racism not every other day” (ll 21-35). By use of figurative language, Logerie brings out the sadness, and suffering his siblings and people around them are subjected to during their daily activities.

Equally, throughout the poem, Logerie uses a certain tone to bring out the general mood in the poem. According to Baldick, the tone usually determines the mood or atmosphere of a work, although in some more restricted uses it refers to the author’s attitude to the reader (e.g. formal, Intimate, pompous) or to the subject-matter (e.g. ironic, light, solemn, satiric, sentimental) (Baldick 259). Logerie in this poem portrays a similar tone from the start through the end. He portrays sadness, bitterness and misery. He states, “I see the sad color of racism not every other day but every minute of the day” (ll. 1-2). It’s outright from the first and second lines of the poem Logerie is saddened by what happens to him and people of color similar to his. He portrays dejection when he points out what his siblings go through in such of work, in hands of law maintenance officers and other public places. He says, “…Our sisters are tired of being left out on the deck our siblings are often harassed senselessly, persecuted…I see the color of racism, when the police for no apparent reasons…Stopped, frisked and handcuffed our homeless” (lll 10-11-17-18). By using the tone Logerie brings out and maintains the tome of the poem and what he is expressing through his message.

Repetition is one other literary device that Logerie uses to bring out clearly and underlines a practice that not only disheartens him but makes him and his siblings to undergo physical and emotional suffering. Logerie uses repetition to bring out sadness and emphasize on how sad it is to be subjected to racism. He says “I see the sad color of racism…” (l 1) a line he repeatedly uses in the later stages of the poem in a bid to make clear on what subjects him to sadness.  Consequently, he uses repetition to portray his expectation of humanity and race, a quality he insists on when he says that “One human race, one human race” (l 27) showing how he is fade up and depressed on the subjection to racism. This device is a clear signal of a practice that is clearly disturbed the poet and for the reader to confirm it, he uses repetition to make his point home.

Similarly, the use of rhyme by the poet brings out the musicality in the poem and creates easy remembrance to some words used in the poem in a bid to portray what people of color go through.  He states “I see the serious mental and physical damages…That this cancer has done throughout the ages (ll 3-4), similarly, “When our people are not hired not for being unqualified…But because of their skin color; they’re quickly disqualified” (ll 22-23).  Consequently, Logerie uses rhyme to communicate the how and when him and the siblings have had to keep up with the vice of racism when he says that “I see the color of racism, when the police for no apparent reasons… Or our law-abiding citizens, like it was open seasons (ll 17-19).

Lastly the poet uses symbolism to evoke his emotions and what is in his mind in relation to racism; a vice he hates so much, and he feels it’s dangerous to humanity. He pots out, “The bigots easily function like lethal venomous vipers” (l 33). He compares racism to venomous vipers, and definitely everyone understands how dangerous venomous vipers can be.

In conclusion, everyone can relate and be subjected to racism. The practice may be seen as dyeing away however it has a long way to die completely. Logerie’s sadness in the expression of this unworthy practice in the Color of Racism is a clear show of how, our skin color can subject us to suffering and depression and the need that we are supposed to be equals always as we are all created by the same God and therefore deserve same treatment.

Work Cited

Logerie, Hebert. The Color of Racism.

Baldick, Chris. “The concise Oxford dictionary of literary terms.” International Journal of Lexicography 7.4 (1994): 352-354.