The Black Christ by Don L. Lee

The Black Christ by Don L. Lee


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 it makes mary in—to a first class / whore



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Think Black  / Black PrideWe Walk the Way of the New World  / Directionscore: Selected and New Poems  /  To Gwen with Love

Dynamite Voices I: Black Poets of the 1960s  /  Book of Life  /  From Plan to Planet  /  Enemies: The Clash of Races

Say That the River Turns: The Impact of Gwendolyn Brooks  / Killing Memory, Seeking Ancestors  / Black Men: Obsolete, Single, Dangerous?

Why L.A. Happened: Implications of the `92 Los Angeles Rebellion  / Claiming Earth: Race, Rage, Rape, Redemption

 Million Man March/Day of Absence: A Commemorative Anthology

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The Black Christ


                        By Don L. Lee


without a doubt

rome did the whi

te thing when it



it has been proven

that j.c. was non-whi

te in the darkest

way possible

                         black ink on whi

                         te paper


from the west

ern cowboy

                         with two guns & music

                         written on paper with

                         black lines

it makes mary in—

to a first class



john the bas

tard on

ly got people



the cat

holic church cried

all the way to the


                          most of the priests

                          are still in the


                                                                        left the pope in

                                                                        a soup line on st.

                                                                        paul’s day sold his

                                                                        gold filled teeth

                                                                        to a smiling jew

                                                                        riding on a black


all the negro

preachers are driv

ing volkswagens & back

in night high school

                                                                        moses was hanged

                                                                        in effigy by

                                                                        smiling negroes

                                                                        tearing up the

                                                                        first commandment

judas became the

hero of the west

ern world & nick

named it lady bird

                               she got it from

                               a cat named parker                      

                                                                        she ain’t been

                                                                        right since

off one god

can’t get hooked

on another    elijah

                               negro & whi

                               te cops riding

                               each other in

                               dark ghettos

negro cops with

naturals & whi

te minded negroes

with natural wigs

                              more whi

                              te people read

                              ing fanon than


they know


all in sun trying

to get


                              man tan ain’t

                              gone ta get it

                              you can’t hide


                              tomorrow is here


history repeats

itself           ask

st. malcolm


all because j.c.

was a nigger

                              the only things

                              that didn’t change

                              were his words

the world’s best


had sold out. (to bible reading eskimos)


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1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

By Charles C. Mann

I’m a big fan of Charles Mann’s previous book 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, in which he provides a sweeping and provocative examination of North and South America prior to the arrival of Christopher Columbus. It’s exhaustively researched but so wonderfully written that it’s anything but exhausting to read. With his follow-up, 1493, Mann has taken it to a new, truly global level. Building on the groundbreaking work of Alfred Crosby (author of The Columbian Exchange and, I’m proud to say, a fellow Nantucketer), Mann has written nothing less than the story of our world: how a planet of what were once several autonomous continents is quickly becoming a single, “globalized” entity.

Mann not only talked to countless scientists and researchers; he visited the places he writes about, and as a consequence, the book has a marvelously wide-ranging yet personal feel as we follow Mann from one far-flung corner of the world to the next. And always, the prose is masterful. In telling the improbable story of how Spanish and Chinese cultures collided in the Philippines in the sixteenth century, he takes us to the island of Mindoro whose “southern coast consists of a number of small bays, one next to another like tooth marks in an apple.” We learn how the spread of malaria, the potato, tobacco, guano, rubber plants, and sugar cane have disrupted and convulsed the planet and will continue to do so until we are finally living on one integrated or at least close-to-integrated Earth. Whether or not the human instigators of all this remarkable change will survive the process they helped to initiate more than five hundred years ago remains, Mann suggests in this monumental and revelatory book, an open question.

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The Persistence of the Color Line

Racial Politics and the Obama Presidency

By Randall Kennedy

Among the best things about The Persistence of the Color Line is watching Mr. Kennedy hash through the positions about Mr. Obama staked out by black commentators on the left and right, from Stanley Crouch and Cornel West to Juan Williams and Tavis Smiley. He can be pointed. Noting the way Mr. Smiley consistently “voiced skepticism regarding whether blacks should back Obama” . . .

The finest chapter in The Persistence of the Color Line is so resonant, and so personal, it could nearly be the basis for a book of its own. That chapter is titled “Reverend Wright and My Father: Reflections on Blacks and Patriotism.”  Recalling some of the criticisms of America’s past made by Mr. Obama’s former pastor, Mr. Kennedy writes with feeling about his own father, who put each of his three of his children through Princeton but who “never forgave American society for its racist mistreatment of him and those whom he most loved.”  His father distrusted the police, who had frequently called him “boy,” and rejected patriotism. Mr. Kennedy’s father “relished Muhammad Ali’s quip that the Vietcong had never called him ‘nigger.’ ” The author places his father, and Mr. Wright, in sympathetic historical light.

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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Ancient African Nations

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The Haitian Declaration of Independence 1804  / January 1, 1804 — The Founding of Haiti 

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