Day: August 16, 2005


While some of them will hunt you down to kill the rest of you the others will hold festivals to have something to do And even while they make of you the very first to die because of age-old Dutch racism we both know it’s a lie And even if it were the truth what would it really change? the jingle of the guilder is the rattle of the chains The chains they used to bind the blacks and certain whites as slaves strange the ways they have devised to get folks to behave Lord knows the list is long no space is left to fill the names of those they’ve wronged the unknown ones they’ve killed A-h-h Europe – your rope – your rope around my people’s neck after all you have taken and done what more do you expect? Yes!!! they come and why not to see theirdiamondstolen sparkle in your sky for us poor / folk / of a darker race it’s always been a place to go and die Kerwin: The 1st black to set a foot in America as a slave was left in trade from a Dutch man-o-war Kerwin: what makes you differ from the others racism had die is that your case of death by race is one they can’t deny A blood-stain on a taxi-seat meant more than your life that’s why you layed down on the street when you were wounded by that knife When they decide that one must die it’s while the blood is wet that we’re obliged to ask ourselves which one of us is next? Remember the friends close to you who did not look like you? who did not treat you as so many of the others do? Friend is a friend is a friend is not a color of a skin but a way of being this! hate cannot relate and this is where racism steps in Racism is one thing we learn from history has done more to damage man than any one disease people live and people die: that is a natural fact but not so if the reason why is just because you’re black Kerwin you were not the first but we want you to be the last we want fascism to stop and we must do it fast Kerwin No one believes it – Kerwin did not – had he – alive he would be – but he didn’t believe – racism – fascism – Adolf Hitlerism or just plain Amsterdam snobism No one really believes there is a thing called racism it’s always something else – it’s not because of your color they say: it’s the way you carry yourself – Who knows what reasons they’ll retrieve racism is something no one believes even when the black lays dying in the street no one believes it Closed eyes don’t see it racial abuse / an excuse no one believes it though it is true – Kerwin didn’t believe / why should you? Plus how could he? no one believes racism to be – like they didn’t believe the Vietnamese pleas to live in peace they didn’t believe blacks should be free after 400 years of misery KERWIN They didn’t believe / they didn’t believe that we too should have a right to breathe – no one believes racism to be / that people are people with a right to be happy and free – happy and free No one believes that to be the way it should be no one believes it possible because no one believes people don’t even believe what their eyes can see the injustice / the waste / the inhumanity they just don’t believe – they just don’t believe The horror is so normal so, so, so informal that the normal horror is believed good even at the cost of blood Maurice Di, 25 August 1984