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Progression Pt1: A Brief Summary of Black History

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Progression Pt1: A Brief Summary of Black History

Dutch man, Dutch man,
Sale us today,
White man, White man,
Sail us away,
Noose our necks, chain our hands,
Lock us in a small box,
Keep us warm but barely breathing
with blankets of smallpox,

Buy us by the family,
Threaten to let us drown,
Change boats but leave the sick,
Get off the ship and burn it down,
Take us to your homeland,
Say a phrase that bothers kids,
Tell our children to be implements,
Or die just like their fathers did,
Rape our mothers, rape our sisters,
Work our brothers, break their backs,
Breed us all like animals 
The more you have, the less the slack,
The slave girl has a baby, 
News that makes her master shiver,
If the baby's skin is light,
At night, he takes to the river,

Leave no evidence to find,
Let nothing harm the farm's figures,
Get Mr. Lynch on the line
To help discipline the niggers,
"Beat 'em good! Beat 'em good!"
He yells the orders with a laugh,
“Tie a horse to each leg
and rip the brave ones in half”

If you are running low on money?
Sell a few to a friend,
Cut out the tongue of any
property defending its kin,
Establish a new rule
That will stand the test of time,
When it comes to these creatures
Work the body but take the mind!

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  1. Date: 11/29/2010 10:31:00 PM
    this was a stunning piece with excellent rhythm to it i was reading it but felt like it unfolded and i was watching in a trance at one point as the events happened before my eyes! you are well at capturing your readers and pulling us in! magnificent work! --Madison

  1. Date: 11/27/2010 5:32:00 AM
    Strong write on black history my your take on "What My Eyes See Now" about a lady who changed my life...