Yet You Are Blind – poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Photo: Photo shows indigenous Australians as prisoners, shackled at Roebourn gaol, 1896. Today the rate of indigenous incarceration is high at %29 of the total prison population. There is little sign of that changing, not any change in the underlying and predisposing issue of poverty and inequality.

“Racism is a disease in society. We’re all equal. I don’t care what their colour is, or religion. Just as long as they’re human beings they’re my buddies.” Mandawy Yunupingu

Yet You Are Blind

You can see clearly
yet you are blind to
the plight of your neighbour,
stealing their humanity for the
price of their lives which paid for 
the privilege of your wilful ignorance,
paved in the blood of their dignity,
bargained for the murderous dogma
prosecuted in the name of your right
to smile on suffering and misery
as you squash their lives for the turn 
of a dollar and smug satisfaction of
the exercise of your power.

©Paul Vincent Cannon


Filed under community, identity, Indigenous, life, poem, quote, Racism

41 responses to “Yet You Are Blind – poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Msdedeng

    Hear, hear!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Msdedeng

    That picture provokes a thousand thoughts, but I don’t know which one I feel more sorry for; the one in chains whose dignity has been trampled by a fellow man, or the one feeling smug oblivious to his inadequacy.


  3. Those last two lines illustrate it all so well. How blind we can be and how injust.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. This poem speaks volumes! Such an important message and I hope that one day we see the long awaited change 🌸✨

    Liked by 1 person

  5. I’ve never understood the thinking that other human beings can be displaced, abused, and exterminated for the sake of power and profit, as if by some divine right. Where does that kind of arrogance come from?

    Liked by 1 person

  6. An appalling indictment of colonialism. Here too.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Very well written. You would have to say it to some politicians. But I think they will still understand. We are in a pre-Napoleonic time.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Very powerful and speaks of the injustice Carrie in the native population for so many nations.
    Same us the plight of Native Americans

    Liked by 1 person

  9. lovely, post thnx to share

    Liked by 1 person

  10. lync56

    Such a powerful poem of a very sad reality


    Liked by 1 person

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