Another Nigger Dead- an excerpt

Posted on February 21, 2017

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the filed man laughed and said

nationalization is the answer

a reporter jested

what is the question

the filed man laughed and said

neocolonialism is the the problem

and a boy asked

whence comes neocolonialism

the filed man laughed and said

from the west of course

and a cynic said

we are lucky for weve no neocolonialists

the filed man laughed and said

you are right how wonderful

but the cynic declared

westerners from the east are friends in deed

the filed man laughed and said

from the east friendship only flows

 

the filed man laughed again and said

nationalize all industries for they came from the west

a functionary reported done

the filed man laughed again and said

nationalize all banks for they come from the west

a functionary reported done

the filed man laughed again and said

nationalize all houses for they come from the west

a functionary reported done

the filed man laughed again and said

nationalize all thoughts for they are produced by the west

a functionary reported done

the filed man laughed again and said

nationalize everything for possessions come from the west

a functionary reported done

the filed man laughed again and said

nationalize even that which has not been nationalized for it

also comes from the west

a functionary reported

we have at last nationalized POVERTY

 

then the filed man laughed the last laugh and said

didnt i tell you my people

with good advice from the easst

we can triumph over all our difficulties

when you follow your leaders

nothing will go wrong

our present success shows what can be achieved

with a little effort

with the right leadership

the one leadership

 

Taban Lo Liyong, Another Nigger  Dead (1972), page 8-9.

 

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