We are producing a booklet of poems together with lesson plans at Brockworth Enterprise School for Kick It Out and Black History Month. The lesson plans will fuse literacy and citizenship together. We will be producing these as an enterprise activity but I will also arrange for the materials to be available free on this website, as well as on award winning www.culturaldiversity.tk and award winning www.irespect.net
There is a reference to this poem in the lesson plans.
Gypsy Chants and Traveller Rants:
It’s against the law
To shout and bawl
Fanatics are taken from the ground,
For no-one can be allowed
To abuse players for their ethnicity
Or for the colour of their skin.
It’s a generation ago
When bananas littered the snows
Of the winter of our game,
When Asian and Black
Were routinely attacked
In the name of Ingerland.
And don’t we all now pride ourselves
On Cool Britannia?
We’re all so chic and fashionable
And we’re simply quite unable
To behave like the Spanish bourgeoisie,
Who show their fascist sympathy
Whenever they see a football player of colour
Perform for the opposition.
Why, it’s only the BNP
Who’d do anything like that,
Because we’re all rainbow this and that,
With our love of diversity
And multicultural plurality –
So why is it OK to shout anti-gypsy racist rants
And all those pikey traveller chants
That can be heard in the stadiums
Of New Millennium
Is it ignorance or pusillanimous myopia?