On this day, the said man said

The violence of the oppressor running wild;
dem picking up a yout dem fe suss;
Powell prophesying a black, a black, a black conquest.
And the national Front is on the rampage,
making firebombs fe burn we.

Terror fire terror fire reach we,
such a suffering we suffering
in this burning age of rage;
no place to run to get gun,
and the violence damming up inside…

Linton Kwesi Johnson, “Doun di Road” (from Dread Beat an Blood, 1975, Bogle-L’Ouverture)

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