Harbourwalk Poem W339

Is it more or less
Comforting to know human
Racist tendencies –
Don’t just apply to humans –
But equally to robots?




Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.



Notes to this poem…

Sometime not long before this, I read an article about how human biases were also seen towards humanoid robots that were black, but not seen towards the same robots that were white. Humans will always find someone, or something, to pick on to feel superior. If you were left with an all white world like some right wing extremists would want, they’ll then start to be “racist” towards each other for some other feature the others have that they will justify the others as being inferior to them. To that end, I’d say it’s “less comforting” our racist tendencies are not just reserved for humans. It doesn’t make it any less negative that we don’t show it exclusively to humans as if the species didn’t matter somehow made our racism more objective rather than subjective.

The W-series poems comprise mostly of haiku or tanka composed during walks I took on the portion of Halifax’s waterfront known as the Harbourwalk, during the warmer months of 2018 & 2019, when the Seabridge was in place.


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