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Whatbody is pro-life.  Needs the blood of a billion babies / To keep her/his drinking

buddies Terrorism, Famine, / AIDS, and Racerandom Hate halfway satisfied.

Screams “Make love not war” in all world languages

 

 

Books by Jerry W. Ward  Jr.

Trouble the Water (1997) / Black Southern Voices (1992) / The Richard Wright Encyclopedia (2008)  / The Katrina Papers

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Whatbody Is Killing

   (a concave allusion to Amiri Baraka’s “Somebody Blew Up America”)

 

By Jerry W. Ward, Jr.

 

They     [no name or heart

            [no face or soul

            [no virtue, no sin

            [no fingerprints or class

            [no race or sex]

 

Lead you to the balm of Gitmo,

Chain you to a bed of laser blades,

Pump explosives, nuclear devices, essential oils of evil into your tongue,

Turn you out as a dragonfly which shall burn time to a crisp.

 

You such an old fool

You can’t /won’t die or witness against the day.

They worship you, old Robocop-rob robber,

From sea to shit-shining sea.  You perfect bafflement.

 

Whatbody having no respect whatsoever

Got short-eyes,

Is a pedophile vampire, drinking the blood

Of Afghan babies, Iraq babies, Congo and Rwandan babies,

Spanish Aztec babies, Brazilian Amazon babies,

Transatlantic transpacific translated babies,

Domestic babies, naturalized babies, foreign babies,

The babies of babies.  Whatbody loves babies.

Whatbody is pro-life.  Needs the blood of a billion babies

To keep her/his drinking buddies Terrorism, Famine,

AIDS, and Racerandom Hate halfway satisfied.

Screams “Make love not war” in all world languages ancient , contemporary,  and unknown.

You call me an unborn again idiot for telling you

What goes into the vote-shredding pyramids of Florida, the wormholes

Of Bermuda, or the jet-black w(hole) of Calcutta

Never comes out nowhere. U da fool, fool. Dig dat.

 

Dig dis too, Wheat Boy.  What body [some, no, every, any]

Is killing [some, no, any, every] body.

He/she pussywhipped. Tinker no thinker downrun the world.

Got Ganges-fever and bad karma sutra of the hands.

Deals in hush puppies for the damned of the earth.

Fanon piped the number.  Had to be erased.

Whatbody is no owl.  Whatbody is a bitch, the whore of whores pimping

The pimps in breath-reducing videos.  Whatbody bamboozles brains.

When the Black Boy told you to listen, you didn’t.  So now Whatbody making you pay.

Whatbody showing you justice was never a virgin,

Was born deflowered and blind. Whatbody is seducing you,

Making you tattoo your mind, buy bigger and less better, eat lethal,

Waddle like an obese hippo who wants the flowers of evil to be sweet,

Crawl through combat zones with four furious horsemen lashing you all the way.

Whatbody, your Santa Claus, will make your grave your manger this year.

posted July 2007

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The Last Holiday: A Memoir

By Gil Scott Heron

Shortly after we republished The Vulture and The Nigger Factory, Gil started to tell me about The Last Holiday, an account he was writing of a multi-city tour that he ended up doing with Stevie Wonder in late 1980 and early 1981. Originally Bob Marley was meant to be playing the tour that Stevie Wonder had conceived as a way of trying to force legislation to make Martin Luther King's birthday a national holiday. At the time, Marley was dying of cancer, so Gil was asked to do the first six dates. He ended up doing all 41. And Dr King's birthday ended up becoming a national holiday ("The Last Holiday because America can't afford to have another national holiday"), but Gil always felt that Stevie never got the recognition he deserved and that his story needed to be told. The first chapters of this book were given to me in New York when Gil was living in the Chelsea Hotel. Among the pages was a chapter called Deadline that recounts the night they played Oakland, California, 8 December; it was also the night that John Lennon was murdered. Gil uses Lennon's violent end as a brilliant parallel to Dr King's assassination and as a biting commentary on the constraints that sometimes lead to newspapers getting things wrong. —Jamie Byng, Guardian / Gil_reads_"Deadline" (audio)

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The New Jim Crow

Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

By Michele Alexander

Contrary to the rosy picture of race embodied in Barack Obama's political success and Oprah Winfrey's financial success, legal scholar Alexander argues vigorously and persuasively that [w]e have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it. Jim Crow and legal racial segregation has been replaced by mass incarceration as a system of social control (More African Americans are under correctional control today... than were enslaved in 1850). Alexander reviews American racial history from the colonies to the Clinton administration, delineating its transformation into the war on drugs. She offers an acute analysis of the effect of this mass incarceration upon former inmates who will be discriminated against, legally, for the rest of their lives, denied employment, housing, education, and public benefits. Most provocatively, she reveals how both the move toward colorblindness and affirmative action may blur our vision of injustice: most Americans know and don't know the truth about mass incarceration—but her carefully researched, deeply engaging, and thoroughly readable book should change that.—Publishers Weekly

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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posted 9 November 2007

 

 

 

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