Benjamin Zephaniah

(15 April 1958 / Birmingham)

The Race Industry

Poem by Benjamin Zephaniah

The coconuts have got the jobs.
The race industry is a growth industry.
We despairing, they careering.
We want more peace they want more police.
The Uncle Toms are getting paid.
The race industry is a growth industry.
We say sisters and brothers don't fear.
They will do anything for the Mayor.
The coconuts have got the jobs.
The race industry is a growth industry.
They're looking for victims and poets to rent.
They represent me without my consent.
The Uncle Toms are getting paid.
The race industry is a growth industry.
In suits they dither in fear of anarchy.
They take our sufferings and earn a salary.
Steal our souls and make their documentaries.
Inform daily on our community.
Without Black suffering they'd have no jobs.
Without our dead they'd have no office.
Without our tears they'd have no drink.
If they stopped sucking we could get justice.
The coconuts are getting paid.
Men, women and Brixton are being betrayed.


Comments about The Race Industry by Benjamin Zephaniah

  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (5/9/2020 1:50:00 PM)

    The coconuts have got the jobs.
    The race industry is a growth industry.
    We despairing, they careering. a great poem on the injustices.. tony(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (3/8/2020 1:28:00 PM)

    Without our dead they'd have no office.
    Without our tears they'd have no drink.
    If they stopped sucking we could get justice.
    The coconuts are getting paid.
    Men, women and Brixton are being betrayed. The evil of all age. is this race industry....... tony(Report)Reply

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  • Bob Dougherty (11/29/2019 12:34:00 PM)

    Great use of repetition. Driving rhythm. Strong musicality. Immense message. It beats the heart!(Report)Reply

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  • Julia Luber (5/17/2019 3:26:00 PM)

    They represent me without my consent. They take our sufferings and earn a salary. Steal our souls and make their documentaries. You are a genius! You nail it on the nose. Totally true. Put so succinctly. Bernie Sanders is making quite a living at it. A lot of them do very well and it''s all they could be doing.(Report)Reply

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  • Pranab K ChakrabortyPranab K Chakraborty (5/17/2019 1:45:00 PM)

    They take our sufferings and earn a salary.
    Steal our souls and make their documentaries.................................... intense the urgency to make others react. Intelligent punch. Thank you.(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (5/17/2019 8:17:00 AM)

    The touching account of oppression and suppression of a race by another wonderfully versified. Well deserved modern poem of the day.(Report)Reply

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  • Savita TyagiSavita Tyagi (5/17/2019 8:13:00 AM)

    Excellent write. Business of life thrives on lynching upon others, the less fortunate ones.(Report)Reply

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  • Tom Allport (5/17/2019 4:22:00 AM)

    Tis true the nuts do have the best jobs and even get promoted for getting things wrong?(Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (5/17/2019 4:18:00 AM)

    I am glad that this poem has been selected as the modern poem of the poem of the day for second time.(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (5/17/2019 1:17:00 AM)

    for the race
    we get the taste of bitterness in life

    for the race
    we defeat others

    for the race
    we win running on the bl0od........../// great writings(Report)Reply

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  • Brian Taylor (3/16/2019 12:13:00 PM)

    I like your style of writing.(Report)Reply

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  • Brian Taylor (2/26/2019 6:58:00 AM)

    This is a very great and powerful historical poem.The coconuts have got the jobs I love that line.(Report)Reply

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  • Gloria Birtwhistle (10/12/2017 8:17:00 PM)

    Such an expressive poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (10/12/2017 11:43:00 AM)

    Without the2 poor! ! There is no rich person! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (10/12/2017 11:42:00 AM)

    Without the poor! ! There is no rich person! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (10/12/2017 10:40:00 AM)

    'In suits they dither in fear of anarchy.
    They take our sufferings and earn a salary.
    Steal our souls and make their documentaries.
    Inform daily on our community.
    Without Black suffering they'd have no jobs.' is very touching. A nice poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Subhas Chandra ChakraSubhas Chandra Chakra (10/12/2017 9:19:00 AM)

    The Uncle Toms are getting paid.
    The race industry is a growth industry
    Painful to tolerate the evolution of such a flesh trading race, making money, power and politics out of anything and everything. An eye-opener. Excellent effort.
    10++++ for it.(Report)Reply

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  • Bharati NayakBharati Nayak (10/12/2017 4:35:00 AM)

    A poem to be reckoned- - - - -It voices the grievance of black people who are discriminated against in the job market and whose tales of sufferings are sold like marketable commodity through different mediums.
    In a way in today's world, where filming is so easy, many do films on the sole end of profit making and suffering and plight of people is such an easy theme to get.Films done on Dons and Mafias make them as heroes.
    In the age of T.V., internet and social media anybody can make a film, any body can make a documentary.Accusing only 'Uncle Tom' no longer holds true..(Report)Reply

    Bill CantrellBill Cantrell(5/17/2019 3:01:00 PM)

    Yes, accusing uncle toms only is racism in itself, I detest racism and especially those who promote it through political gain, political uncle toms have played all race cards and when they hold the winning hand, , , they fail to deliver time and time again

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  • Tom Allport (10/12/2017 3:31:00 AM)

    a brilliant poem that says it as is but not just in Brixton? the coconuts now have control over every creed and colour in our so called modern and civilised world! .............. superbly written Ben(Report)Reply

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  • Rogelio GuillermoRogelio Guillermo (10/12/2017 1:58:00 AM)

    This poet took the risk of using his creativity in scrambling the English language and comes out unscathed.. Brilliant!(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003