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My Wise Country Cousin on Judas comin’ to Cali…

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    by BAR Poet-in-Residence Raymond Nat Turner

    Molefi Asante’s brand of “Afrocentricity” means McCarthyism and race and class betrayal.


    My Wise Country Cousin on Judas comin’ to Cali…

    by BAR Poet-in-Residence Raymond Nat Turner


    What de O’Jays say ‘bout how “Dey smile in ya face”

    While, Afro-sin-triss-ticly, “tryin’ ta take ya place?”

    Smilin’ Faces: “Don let de hanshake and smile ful ya”

    Dey say “take mah advice, ahm only tryin’ ta school ya—”

    Son, you beware ob de one, “Baba” dis, an “Ase” dat

    ‘Cause, mos lakly he de one wit de razur in his hat!


    Negroz Wes’ getin’ nuz stagecoach, or Pony Express,

    Bringin’ dat ol’ Moeffy boy to Cali to talk his mess?

    In de lounge named after Huey Newton an Bobby Seal—

    Dey heard ‘bout de brotherly love, back-stabbin’ deal?

    Dey bringin’ Afro-Sin-tris-sick Judas in cap an’ gown

    Dat caint eben draw five Negroz in his own town?


    Seem lak dat Monterror boy at Tempull doin’ sum gud,

    Teachin’ troof ‘bout Blak folk fight, to dose in de ‘hood

    Wen dat Judas Moeffy boy start de bad-moufin’ an’ hatin’—

    Dirty work ob de Tempull massas wit all dey red-baitin’…

    Dey say de Monterror boy a Sowshallus an Marksis—

    We say, “Gud, if he heppin’ de Norf Philly folk resis!”


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