Reign of a Human Race

LaraqueBy Paul Laraque (right)

you say democracy
and we know that it’s tin from Bolivia,
copper from Chile,
petroleum from Venezuela,
sugar from Cuba,
raw material and profits.
you say democracy
and it’s the annexation of Texas
the hold-up of the Panama Canal
the occupation of Haiti
the colonization of Puerto Rico
the bombing of Guatemala
you say democracy
and it’s America for the Yankees
it’s the rape of nations
it’s Sandino’s blood
and Peralte’s crucifixion
you say democracy
and it’s the plunder of our wealth
from Hiroshima to Indochina
you spread the slaughter everywhere
and everywhere ruin
you say democracy
and it’s the Ku Klux Klan
a hidden people
inside your own cities
an ogre devouring your children
Ubu from an empire of robots
you’ve really given us your ravens
from Harlem to Jerusalem
from Wounded Knee to Haiti
from Santo Domingo to Soweto
the people will be waving
the torch of revolution
night is a tunnel opening on to the dawn
Viet Nam stands like a tree in the storm
the frontier which marks the place of your defeat
history’s lessons have no recourse
a footbridge stretches forever from Asia to Africa
the reign of the white race has ended on earth
and the rule of a human race in the universe has begun

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