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Poetry
SOMEBODY BLEW UP AMERICA

by Amiri Baraka

And they say it's some terrorist, an inhuman barbaric
A
Rab, in Afghanistan
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 [money]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 [mother]
Who lynched your pa [father]

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

Who [is] the biggest only
Who is most goodest [best]
Who do[es] Jesus resemble
Who created everything
Who [is] the smartest
Who [is] the greatest
Who [is] the richest
Who say [says] you['re] ugly and they['re] the goodlookingest [best looking]

Who define[s] art
Who define[s] science

Who made the bombs
Who made the guns
Who was[were] slaves serving
Who called you them [those]names
Who say[says] Dahmer wasn't insane

Who stole Puerto Rico
Who stole the Indies, the Philipines, Manhattan
Australia & The Hebrides
Who forced opium on the Chinese

Who own[s] them [those]buildings
Who got the money
Who thinks you['re] funny
Who locked you up
Who own[s] the papers

Who owned the slave ship
Who run[ran] the army

Who['s] the fake president
Who [is] the ruler
Who [is] the banker

Who own[s] the mine
Who twist[s] your mind
Who got bread
Who need[s] peace
Who [do] you think need[s] war

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

Who own[s] this city

Who own[s] the air
Who own[s] the water

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

Who live[s] in the biggest house
Who do[es] 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[s] the ocean

Who own[s] the airplanes
Who own[s] the malls
Who own[s] television
Who own[s] radio

Who own[s] what ain't even known to be owned
Who own[s] the owners that aint the real owners

Who own[s] the suburbs
Who suck[s] the cities
Who make[s] the laws

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

Who [is[ the Beast in Revelations
Who ›[is] 666
Who know[knew] who decide [decided]
Jesus get crucified

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

Who [is] the biggest terrorist
Who change[d] the bible
Who killed the most people
Who do [did] the most evil
Who don't[doesn't] worry about survival

Who had the colonies
Who stole the most land
Who rule[s] the world
Who say[s] they['re] good but only do evil
Who [is] the biggest executioner

Who own[s] the oil
Who want more oil
Who told you what you think that later you find[found] out [was]a lie

Who found Bin Laden, maybe they['re] Satan
Who pay[s] the CIA,
Who knew the bomb was gonna[going to] blow
Who know why the terrorists
Learned to fly in Florida
Who know[knew] why Five Israelis was[were] filming the explosion
And cracking their sides at the notion
Who need[s] fossil fuel when the sun ain't goin[g] nowhere [anywhere]

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

Who invaded Grenada
Who made money from apartheid
Who keep[s] the Irish a colony
Who overthrow [overthrew]Chile and Nicaragua?

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 Diana, Ralph Featherstone, Little Bobby

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

Who killed Huey Newton, Fred Hampton, Evers, 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 Rosenbergs
And all the good people murdered,
Tortured , assassinated, vanished

Who got rich from Algeria, Libya, Haiti,
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
And started the Spanish American War
Who got Sharon back in Power
Who backed Batista, Hitler, Bilbo,
Chiang Kai Chek

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

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

Who overthrew Nkrumah, Bishop,
Who poison[ed] Robeson,
Who try [tried]to put DuBois in Jail
Who frame[d] Rap Jamil al Amin, Who frame[d] the Rosenbergs, Garvey, Alger Hiss
 

Who set the Reichstag Fire

Who knew the World Trade Center was gonna [going to] get bombed
Who let Jim Jones kill them[those] negroes in Guyana

Who , Who, Who explosion of Owl the newspaper say the devil face cd be [is]seen

Who make[s] money from war
Who mAke dough[money] from fear and lies
Who want[s] the world like it is
Who want[s] 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 [do]you know [who has]ever
Seen God?

But everybody [has] seen
The Devil

Like an Owl exploding
In your life in your brain in your self
Like an Owl who know[s] 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 Whoooo and Whooooooooooooooooooooo!
 



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