A video featuring UK residents and people of foreign heritage reciting an antiracist poem has highlighted the crucial role immigrant workers are playing in the Covid-19 outbreak.
You Clap for Me Now, penned by Darren James Smith, features Britons with black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds who are key workers during the global pandemic – including doctors, nurses, teachers, shopkeepers and delivery drivers, many of whom have previously experienced discrimination
The video, which was produced by Sachini Imbuldeniya begins with the message: ‘What the UK is most afraid of has come from overseas, taking our jobs and making it unsafe to walk the streets’
You Clap For Me Now
So, it’s finally happened,
That thing you were afraid of,
Something’s come from overseas,
And taken your jobs,
Made it unsafe to walk the streets,
Kept you trapped in your home.
A dirty disease,
Your proud nation, gone.
But not me. Or me.
Or me. Or me.
No, you clap for me now.
You cheer as I toil,
Bringing food to your family,
Bringing food from your soil.
Propping up your hospitals,
Not some foreign invader.
Delivery driver. Teacher. Life saver.
Don’t say ‘go home’,
Don’t say ‘not here’,
You know how it feels for home to be a prison,
You know how it feels to live in fear.
So you clap for me now.
All this love you are bringing,
But don’t forget when it’s no longer quiet,
Don’t forget when you can no longer hear the birds singing,
Or see clear waters, that I crossed for you,
To make lives filled with peace,
And bring peace to your life too.
Come all you Gretas,
See what we have learned.
It only takes the smallest thing,
To change the world.
by Darren James Smith