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Imelda May’s anti-racism poem put on display across the country

The popular poem will feature on 200 billboards


Imelda May’s anti-racism poem is being displayed across the country.

The singer’s poem, which is called You Don’t Get To Be Racist And Irish, will feature on 200 billboards nationwide – in order to coincide with the launch of Rethink Ireland’s new Equality fund.

Taking to Twitter, the organisation shared a snap of one of the billboards, and wrote: “Today at 11am we will launch our €3m #EqualityFund supported by the Peter Kinney & Lisa Sandquist Foundation & the Government of Ireland.”

“We will support organisations & groups that empower marginalised communities and tackle systemic inequality.”

Speaking to the Irish Independent, Imelda said she was “delighted” over her poem being chosen for the campaign.

“We are all human and so must show our humanity to each other, otherwise what are we?” she said. “I’m delighted that my poem is being linked to this campaign.”

“I’m really glad that the poem has sparked some conversation and I’m grateful that I’ve had the words to be able to write it.”

“But I think at the moment, now is not the time to hear my voice. It’s time to hear the voices of those that need to be heard,” she added.

In the poem, the 46-year-old discusses Ireland’s history and how Irish people were once subject to racism after emigrating.

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