SHADES OF DIFFERENCE - AISHA PEGLEY / by Emma Barnaby

"Shades of Difference is a long overdue response to a series of 'heated discussions' - and serious misunderstandings - about race and racism, between myself and my boyfriend at the time... Whilst this project is deeply personal to me, I do hope this poem will encourage further frank discussions about race. I am acutely aware of the strange prickly feeling one experiences when getting called out on something, but I encourage everyone to override this temporary discomfort and listen to the voices of the other side... Whatever the context."

Aisha Pegley, 22

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