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Iftekhar Sayeed: "white lies"

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white lies

Iftekhar Sayeed

 

 

"We are blessed to be living in a democracy like Bangladesh . . . ," US Ambassador Harry K. Thomas said in an interview. . . .

-- The Bangladesh Observer, June 25, 2005

 

from a black

ambassador

we expected

truth

 

our ancestry

of bondage

 

for his

grandfather

individual

captivity

for mine

collective

 

for black

and brown

people

lies are

murderous

 

the white man

has

the truth of power

but we have

the power of truth

 

go home

black friend

to your

 

 

he now

does the

white man's

bidding

forgetting

white masters

and tell them

they lie

 

tell our black

brothers

the turth

 

they will nod

and shake

their curly

heads for

they know

the white man's

weapon and

weakness

 

he lies

 

 

 

 

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