The Adventures of LBS
The story of "Little Black Sambo",
with foreign lands all exotic,
was written over a century ago,
when imaginations were chaotic.
The young boy is clearly a hero,
for despite his tender age and race,
terrifying tigers reduce to zero;
and he returns home with bold face.
If Sambo is a brave Indian child,
I would prefer he had an Indian name;
it seems ignorant to have styled,
African and Indian cultures the same.
Our frissons of moral discomfort,
as we note this narrative proclivity,
shows that modern readers now sport,
Increased serves of racial sensitivity.
Today we have African friends,
and also Indian associates,
as travel and immigration blends,
and modern society all equates.
Every child is exceptional,
brimming full of infinite worth,
developing with precious potential,
no matter what their country of birth.
Copyright © Cecelia Hopkins-Drewer | Year Posted 2017