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Ray Vincent-Mills


Ray is a third-year Creative Writing and Screenwriting student at the University of Worcester. Their poem embodies their experience as a mixed-race person in British society, and how they are used as the gatekeeper to pardon the prejudicial beliefs of others. They explore the stereotypes and expectations that others have placed on them; the everyday racial profiling and the hypocritical defensiveness of discriminatory behaviour.  


"It is odd to be raised by a white woman"

When you are not one.

When everyone looking at you,



Loud voice





An opinion

On the N word

And whether I say it

Whether they can

With eager eyes and misleading lips.

When all the want is



Of my appreciation



On Biggie

On Tupac

To floor them with my moves

When really, I just have a lot of dance in my body

Pining to be set free.

If we were black they’d take us

I mean!


I mean they all know each other don’t they

The taxi drivers

With their curry stained directory

Penny pinching teeth


Lightbulb limbs.

I mean


I’m not racist

I work with

The Portuguese

Fleet around the polish

All the foreigners

Talk to me like I’m their fruit bowl

I’m not racist

I’m not racist

I’m not racist

I’m not,    Ray.





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