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The Race Industry
(15 April 1958 / Birmingham)

The Race Industry

Poem By Benjamin Zephaniah

The coconuts have got the jobs.
The race industry is a growth industry.
We despairing, they careering.
We want more peace they want more police.
The Uncle Toms are getting paid.
The race industry is a growth industry.
We say sisters and brothers don't fear.
They will do anything for the Mayor.
The coconuts have got the jobs.
The race industry is a growth industry.
They're looking for victims and poets to rent.
They represent me without my consent.
The Uncle Toms are getting paid.
The race industry is a growth industry.
In suits they dither in fear of anarchy.
They take our sufferings and earn a salary.
Steal our souls and make their documentaries.
Inform daily on our community.
Without Black suffering they'd have no jobs.
Without our dead they'd have no office.
Without our tears they'd have no drink.
If they stopped sucking we could get justice.
The coconuts are getting paid.
Men, women and Brixton are being betrayed.

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The coconuts have got the jobs. The race industry is a growth industry. We despairing, they careering. a great poem on the injustices.. tony
Without our dead they'd have no office. Without our tears they'd have no drink. If they stopped sucking we could get justice. The coconuts are getting paid. Men, women and Brixton are being betrayed. The evil of all age. is this race industry....... tony
Great use of repetition. Driving rhythm. Strong musicality. Immense message. It beats the heart!
They represent me without my consent. They take our sufferings and earn a salary. Steal our souls and make their documentaries. You are a genius! You nail it on the nose. Totally true. Put so succinctly. Bernie Sanders is making quite a living at it. A lot of them do very well and it''s all they could be doing.
They take our sufferings and earn a salary. Steal our souls and make their documentaries.................................... intense the urgency to make others react. Intelligent punch. Thank you.


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