An 11-year-old from Middlesbrough wowed an audience including Boro legend Gareth Southgate with his inspiring poem on equality.
Chelojoezra ‘Ezra’ Amadi-Emina, who attends Whinney Banks Primary School, wrote the piece as part of a creative writing competition led by Show Racism The Red Card.
The Teesside youngster was presented with his award at Leicester City’s King Power Stadium, where he also read the poem to a packed crowd including England boss Southgate.
Here is Ezra’s inspiring work in full:
A cure to racism
Black, white, Asian we are all the same,
so why give one race all the blame.
Jewish, Christian, Muslim we all have beliefs,
so why give one religion all this grief.
The virus racism has corrupted our minds,
its infected people everywhere and is killing mankind.
It gives people inhumane reasons to think their superior,
to bully others and make them feel inferior.
It causes chaos destruction and brutal discrimination,
towards religion and race all over the nation.
No one is born with a heart full of hate,
so racism is a virus that humans create.
Children are taught to emulate what they see,
which is why we must teach them that love is what’s key.
We urge people everywhere to take the vaccination,
that will eliminate racism from our generation;
That will release those subdued by racial captivity,
and make empathy a universal activity.
The cure to kill the virus and save our community,
is love equality and worldwide unity.
Some people try to trump other races,
it’s this kind of injustice the vaccine erases.
The task to eradicate racism will surely be hard,
together let’s unite and show racism the red card.
The cure is spreading and going fast,
so get your vaccination please don’t be the last.