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A Poem



Saturday, June 18, 2007.



By Amiri Baraka


(All right  thinking people oppose terrorism both domestic and international... But one should not be used to cover the other)


They say it's some terrorist, some
                          A Rab, in
It wasn't our American terrorists
It wasn't the Klan or the Skin heads
Or the them that blows up nigger
Churches, or reincarnates us on Death Row
It wasn't Trent Lott
Or David Duke or Giuliani
Or Schundler, Helms retiring


It wasn't
the gonorrhea in costume
the white sheet diseases
That have murdered black people
Terrorized reason and sanity
Most of  humanity, as they pleases


They say (who say? Who do the saying
Who is them paying
Who tell the lies
Who in disguise
Who had the slaves
Who got the bux out the Bucks


Who got fat from plantations
Who genocided Indians
Tried to waste the  Black nation


Who live on Wall Street
   The first plantation
Who cut your nuts off
Who rape your ma
Who lynched your pa


Who got the tar, who got the feathers
Who had the match, who set the fires
Who killed and hired
Who say they God & still be the Devil


Who the biggest only
Who the  most goodest
Who do Jesus resemble


Who created everything
Who  the smartest
Who  the greatest
Who  the richest
Who say you ugly and they  the goodlookingest


Who define art
Who define science

Who made the bombs
Who made the guns


Who bought the  slaves, who sold them


Who called you them names
Who say Dahmer wasn't insane
       Who/  Who /  Who/


Who stole Puerto Rico
Who stole the
Indies, the Philipines, Manhattan

 Australia & The Hebrides
Who forced opium on the Chinese


Who own them buildings
Who got the money
Who think you funny
Who locked you up
Who own the papers


Who owned the slave ship
Who run the army


Who the  fake president
Who  the ruler
Who  the banker
                 Who/ Who/ Who/


Who own the mine
Who twist your mind
Who  got bread
Who need peace
Who you think need war


Who own the oil
Who do no toil
Who own the soil
Who is not a nigger
Who is so great ain't nobody bigger


Who own  this city


Who own the air
Who own the water


Who own your crib
Who rob and steal and cheat and murder
       and make lies the truth
Who call you uncouth


Who live in the biggest house
Who do the biggest crime
Who go on vacation anytime


Who killed the most niggers
Who killed the most Jews
Who killed the most Italians
Who killed the most Irish
Who killed the most Africans
Who killed the most Japanese
Who killed the most Latinos




Who own the ocean


Who own the airplanes
Who own the malls
Who own  television
Who own  radio


Who own what ain't even known to be owned
Who own the owners that ain't the real owners


Who own the suburbs
Who suck the cities
Who make the laws


Who  made  Bush  president
Who believe the confederate flag need to be flying
Who talk about democracy and be lying


Who  the Beast in Revelations
Who  666
Who decide
   Jesus get crucified


Who  the Devil on the real side
Who got rich from Armenian genocide


Who  the biggest terrorist
Who change the bible
Who killed the most people
Who do the most evil
Who don't worry about survival


Who have the colonies
Who stole the most land
Who rule the world
Who say they good but only do evil
Who  the biggest executioner




Who own the oil
Who want more oil
Who told you what you think that later you find out a lie
Who/ Who/ ???


Who fount Bin Laden, maybe they Satan
Who pay the CIA,
Who knew the bomb was gonna blow
Who know why the  terrorists
   Learned to fly in Florida, San Diego


Who know why Five Israelis was filming the explosion
   And cracking they sides at the notion


Who need fossil fuel when the sun ain't goin' nowhere


Who make the credit cards
Who get the biggest tax cut
Who walked out of the Conference
   Against Racism
Who killed Malcolm, Kennedy & his Brother
Who killed Dr King, Who would want such a thing?
   Are they linked to the murder of


Who invaded Grenada
Who made money from apartheid
Who keep the Irish a colony
Who overthrow
Chile and Nicaragua later


Who killed David Sibeko,  Chris Hani,
    the same ones who killed Biko, Cabral,
       Neruda, Allende, Che Guevara, Sandino,


Who killed Kabila, the ones who wasted Lumumba, Mondlane , Betty Shabazz, Princess Margaret, Ralph Featherstone, Little Bobby


Who locked up Mandela, Dhoruba, Geronimo,
Assata, Mumia,Garvey, Dashiell Hammett, Alphaeus Hutton


Who killed Huey Newton, Fred Hampton,
    MedgarEvers, Mikey Smith, Walter Rodney,
Was it the ones who tried to poison Fidel
Who tried to keep the Vietnamese Oppressed


Who put a price on Lenin's head


Who put the Jews in ovens,
     and who helped them   do it
Who said "America First"
        and ok'd  the yellow stars

Who killed Rosa Luxembourg, Liebneckt
Who murdered the
   And all the good people iced,
   tortured , assassinated, vanished


Who got rich from Algeria, Libya, Haiti,
Iran, Iraq, Saudi, Kuwait, Lebanon
Syria, Egypt, Jordan, Palestine,


Who cut off peoples hands in the Congo
Who invented Aids Who put the germs
   In the Indians' blankets
Who thought up "The Trail of Tears"


Who blew up the Maine
& started the Spanish American War
Who got
back in Power
Who backed Batista, Hitler, Bilbo,
      Chiang kai Chek                      


 who WHO   W H O/


Who decided Affirmative Action had to go
  Reconstruction, The New Deal, The New
  Frontier, The Great Society,


Who do Tom Ass Clarence Work for
Who doo doo come out the
's mouth
Who know what kind of Skeeza is a Condoleeza
Who pay Connelly to be a wooden negro
Who give Genius Awards to Homo Locus


Who overthrew Nkrumah,  Bishop,
Who poison Robeson,
        who try to put DuBois in Jail
Who frame Rap Jamil al Amin, Who frame the Rosenbergs, Garvey,
         The Scottsboro Boys,      The Hollywood Ten


Who set the Reichstag Fire

Who knew the World Trade Center was gonna get bombed
Who told 4000 Israeli workers at the Twin Towers
   To stay home that day
Why did Sharon stay away                    ?
Who,Who, Who/

                         explosion of Owl the newspaper say
the devil face cd be seen       Who  WHO     Who WHO


Who make money from war
Who make dough from fear and lies
Who want the world like it is
Who want the world to be ruled by imperialism and national oppression and terror
   violence, and hunger and poverty.


Who is the ruler of Hell?
Who is the most powerful

Who you know ever
Seen God?


But everybody seen
The Devil

Like an Owl exploding
In your life in your brain in your self
Like an Owl who know the devil
All night, all day if you listen, Like an Owl
Exploding in fire. We hear the questions rise
In terrible flame like the whistle of a crazy dog


Like the acid vomit of the fire of Hell
Who and Who and WHO (+) who who ^
    Whoooo and Whooooooooooooooooooooo!


Amiri Baraka is a poet, writer and one of the founding members  of the Black Arts Movement. He will be appearing in London on July 5, 2007, at the South Bank Centre as part of the city's first Literature Festival.


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