From John Severino of Fairport Harbor, Ohio, comes this meditation on racism. John wrote this in his eighth grade English class last spring after reading The Year of Goodbyes. I hope he continues to urge people to "stand up for what's right," as he says in his poem.
RacismOne problem in our society
Racism is the prejudice
Or discrimination directed against someone of a
Based on a belief.
Some people think racism doesn’t go on
But even in America
Racism is still a factor of the
That goes on today. Many people commit
Suicide because of
Them just because of their
Racism then you will