Racism To The Poem: To This Day

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To This Day
Shane Koyczan
Short story/poem

To This Day is a Poem/short story by Shane Koyczan. It is about bullying and the lifelong effects it has on people. Shane tells the story of many people and how they reacted, and responded to being bullied. Within the text we see the effects of being bullied and this theme was shown as a spoken word poem. It is amazing the way he captures the different emotions and it really makes you reflect on life and how valuable other people are.

The Poem starts with a simple story about Shane calling Pork Chops, Karate Chops and him climbing a tree, before realizing ‘fat kids are not designed to climb trees’. Shane then falls out of the tree and is taken to the principal 's …show more content…

This is an amazing quote referring to the children 's rhyme “Sticks and stones might break my bones, but words can never hurt me”. Except in Shane 's perspective, mental emotions hurt more than physical. Because a broken bone can heal but broken hearts will always stay the …show more content…

New Zealand is a multicultural country and I find it incredibly amazing that we can support everyone’s cultural identity, but not all countries are like this. Many people get bullied because of their skin color. Bullying has lifelong effects on people, especially if it’s on their appearance. These effects could be as simple as not being confident, but that still would impact them in everyday situations. People could harm themselves or even worse. In this poem, we are taught to value everyone because we don’t know their stories and we don’t know what they have been through. An example of this is “He tried to kill himself in grade ten when a kid who could still go home to mom and dad had the audacity to tell him “get over it” as if depression is something that can be remedied by any of the contents found in a first aid

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