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Somebody Blew Up America

A poem about 9-11 by Amiri Baraka 1oct01

I WILL NOT “APOLOGIZE”, I WILL NOT “RESIGN!” Statement by Amiri Baraka, New Jersey Poet Laureate 2oct02

photo source: http://www.amiribaraka.com/somebook.html 

   (All thinking people 
   oppose terrorism 
   both domestic 
   & international… 
   But one should not 
    be used 
   To cover the other) 

They say its some terrorist, some 
                          A Rab, in 
It wasn't our American terrorists 
It wasn't the Klan or the Skin heads 
Or the them that blows up nigger 
Churches, or reincarnates us on Death Row 
It wasn't Trent Lott 
Or David Duke or Giuliani 
Or Schundler, Helms retiring 

It wasn't 
the gonorrhea in costume 
the white sheet diseases 
That have murdered black people 
Terrorized reason and sanity 
Most of  humanity, as they pleases 

They say (who say? Who do the saying 
Who is them paying 
Who tell the lies 
Who in disguise 
Who had the slaves 
Who got the bux out the Bucks 

Who got fat from plantations 
Who genocided Indians 
Tried to waste the  Black nation 

Who live on Wall Street 
   The first plantation 
Who cut your nuts off 
Who rape your ma 
Who lynched your pa 

Who got the tar, who got the feathers 
Who had the match, who set the fires 
Who killed and hired 
Who say they God & still be  the Devil 

Who the biggest only 
Who the  most goodest 
Who do Jesus resemble 

Who created everything 
Who  the smartest 
Who  the greatest 
Who  the richest 
Who say you ugly and they  the goodlookingest 

Who define art 
Who define science 

Who made the bombs 
Who made the guns 

Who bought the  slaves, who sold them 

Who called you them names 
Who say Dahmer wasn't insane 
       Who/  Who /  Who/ 

Who stole Puerto Rico 
Who stole the Indies, the Philipines, Manhattan 
   Australia & The Hebrides 
Who forced opium on the Chinese 

Who own them buildings 
Who got the money 
Who think you funny 
Who locked you up 
Who own the papers 

Who owned the slave ship 
Who run the army 

Who  the  fake president 
Who  the ruler 
Who  the banker 
                 Who/ Who/ Who/ 

Who own the mine 
Who twist your mind 
Who  got bread 
Who need peace 
Who you think need war 

Who own the oil 
Who do no toil 
Who own the soil 
Who is not a nigger 
Who is so great ain't nobody bigger 

Who own  this city 

Who own the air 
Who own the water 

Who own your crib 
Who rob and steal and cheat and murder 
       and make lies the truth 
Who call you uncouth 

Who live in the biggest house 
Who do the biggest crime 
Who go on vacation anytime 

Who killed the most niggers 
Who killed the most Jews 
Who killed the most Italians 
Who killed the most Irish 
Who killed the most Africans 
Who killed the most Japanese 
Who killed the most Latinos 


Who own the ocean 

Who own the airplanes 
Who own the malls 
Who own  television 
Who own  radio 

Who own what ain't even known to be owned 
Who own the owners that ain't the real owners 

Who own the suburbs 
Who suck the cities 
Who make the laws 

Who  made  Bush  president 
Who believe the confederate flag need to be flying 
Who talk about democracy and be lying 

Who  the Beast in Revelations 
Who  666 
Who decide 
   Jesus get crucified 

Who  the Devil on the real side 
Who got rich from Armenian genocide 

Who  the biggest terrorist 
Who change the bible 
Who killed the most people 
Who do the most evil 
Who don't worry about survival 

Who have the colonies 
Who stole the most land 
Who rule the world 
Who say they good but only do evil 
Who  the biggest executioner 

   Who/Who/Who     ^^^ 

Who own the oil 
Who want more oil 
Who told you what you think that later you find out a lie 
Who/ Who/ ??? 

Who fount Bin Laden, maybe they Satan 
Who pay the CIA, 
Who knew the bomb was gonna blow 
Who know why the  terrorists 
   Learned to fly in Florida, San Diego 

Who know why Five Israelis was filming the explosion 
   And cracking they sides at the notion 

Who need fossil fuel when the sun ain't goin' nowhere 

Who make the credit cards 
Who get the biggest tax cut 
Who walked out of the Conference 
   Against Racism 
Who killed Malcolm, Kennedy & his Brother 
Who killed Dr King, Who would want such a thing? 
   Are they linked to the murder of Lincoln? 

Who invaded Grenada 
Who made money from apartheid 
Who keep the Irish a colony 
Who overthrow Chile and Nicaragua later 

Who killed David Sibeko,  Chris Hani, 
    the same ones who killed Biko, Cabral, 
       Neruda, Allende, Che Guevara, Sandino, 

Who killed Kabila,  the ones who wasted Lumumba, Mondlane, Betty Shabazz, 
Princess Margaret, Ralph Featherstone, Little Bobby 

Who locked up Mandela, Dhoruba, Geronimo, 
Assata, Mumia,Garvey, Dashiell Hammett, Alphaeus Hutton 

Who killed Huey Newton, Fred Hampton, 
    MedgarEvers, Mikey Smith, Walter Rodney, 
Was it the ones who tried to poison Fidel 
Who tried to keep the Vietnamese Oppressed 

Who put a price on Lenin's head 

Who put the Jews in ovens, 
     and who helped them   do it 
Who said "America First" 
        and ok'd  the yellow stars 
                                                WHO/WHO/ ^^ 
Who killed Rosa Luxembourg, Liebneckt 
Who murdered the Rosenbergs 
   And all the good people iced, 
   tortured , assassinated, vanished 

Who got rich from Algeria, Libya, Haiti, 
   Iran, Iraq, Saudi, Kuwait, Lebanon, 
   Syria, Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, 

Who cut off peoples hands in the Congo 
Who invented Aids Who put the germs 
   In the Indians' blankets 
Who thought up "The Trail of Tears" 

Who blew up the Maine 
& started the Spanish American War 
Who got Sharon back in Power 
Who backed Batista, Hitler, Bilbo, 
      Chiang kai Chek                       who WHO   W H O/ 

Who decided Affirmative Action had to go 
  Reconstruction, The New Deal, The New 
  Frontier, The Great Society, 

Who do Tom Ass Clarence Work for 
Who doo doo come out the Colon's mouth 
Who know what kind of Skeeza is a Condoleeza 
Who pay Connelly to be a wooden negro 
Who give Genius Awards to Homo Locus 

Who overthrew Nkrumah,  Bishop, 
Who poison Robeson, 
        who try to put DuBois in Jail 
Who frame Rap Jamil al Amin, Who frame the Rosenbergs, Garvey, 
         The Scottsboro Boys,      The Hollywood Ten 

Who set the Reichstag Fire 

Who knew the World Trade Center was gonna get bombed 
Who told 4000 Israeli workers at the Twin Towers 
   To stay home that day 
Why did Sharon stay away                    ? 
Who,Who, Who/ 
                         explosion of Owl the newspaper say 
the devil face cd be seen       Who  WHO     Who WHO 

Who make money from war 
Who make  dough from fear and lies 
Who want the world like it is 
Who want the world to be ruled by imperialism and national oppression and terror 
   violence, and hunger and poverty. 

Who is the ruler of Hell? 
Who is the most powerful 

Who you know ever 
Seen God? 

But everybody seen 
The Devil 

Like an Owl exploding 
In your life in your brain in your self 
Like an Owl who know the devil 
All night, all day if you listen, Like an Owl 
Exploding in fire. We hear the questions rise 
In terrible flame like the whistle of a crazy dog 

Like the acid vomit of the fire of Hell 
Who and Who and WHO (+) who who ^ 
    Whoooo and Whooooooooooooooooooooo! 

                             AMIRI B  10/01

source: www.amiribaraka.com 12dec02

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