Singer/songwriter Imelda May has written a poem which every person in Ireland should listen to.
2020 has proven to be a difficult year for many. From Australian bushfires ravaging down under, to a global pandemic meaning that we don't get to see our friends and family, to the most recent political happenings in terms of Black Lives Matter being at the forefront of people's minds. Due to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis at the hands of police officers, the impact on his passing has spread across the world, including Ireland. Many Irish voices have been heard recently, urging us to think of the minorities that are often forgotten about. And Imelda May's poem below is one such voice that needs to be spread far and wide.
Entitled 'You Don't Get To Be Racist And Irish', the Irish singer/songwriter speaks of our history, our current times, and what is to come for our country.
One verse from the poem says: "Our music is for the righteous, our joys are earned and well-deserved. And serve to remind us to remember: more blacks, more dogs, more Irish [...] We're in a chrysalis state of emerging into a new and more beautiful era - 40 shades better."
Here's Imelda May's poem.
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