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Sunday, April 02, 2006

Censored on the Streets of Oxford




A group of local artist in Oxford, England were invited to paint a series of murals on a wall on Cowley Road that is owned by a local estate agent

They decided to illustrate a poem about thrid world debtwritten by a local poet named Nyarai Humba.

To their surprise they discovered that it had been painted out by censors the day after it had been finished. Here's the poem:

The Myth of Third World Debt

I hear tell
that the ‘West’ claims
‘Third World’ countries
owe them a debt.

The white people them
They come to our countries
they unleash
upon we
the holocaust of slavery
the evil, parasitic, violent process
them call colonization.

What this means is
them rape Mother Africa
took her children to use as donkey
went right inside Mother Africa belly
and steal her resources
send them back home
to the ‘west’.

We the Africans,
funded the industrial revolution
with our blood, sweat, and tears and
Life.

So I don’t really understand
what the ‘west’ means
when them talk
‘bout ‘Third world debt’
I believe them have no shame
I know they full of untruth
they lie to themselves constantly
cause truth will kill them fe true.

I ask you to reconsider
who owes whom?

The west owes Africa
a debt so great
them can never
fully repay.

Though we may not say it,
don’t think we do not see it
We are silent
because white men talk too much
all in aid
of hiding the truth.

Third world debt
is a fiction of
white mans imagination.

Nyarai Humba


Posted by jebratt :: Sunday, April 02, 2006 :: 0 comments

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