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What Stephen Lawrence Has Taught Us

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We know who the killers are,
We have watched them strut before us
As proud as sick Mussolinis',
We have watched them strut before us
Compassionless and arrogant,
They paraded before us,
Like angels of death
Protected by the law.

It is now an open secret
Black people do not have
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COMMENTS
ur dad 11 February 2021
dont give af tbh
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Dr Antony Theodore 09 May 2020
There's a fascist and a druggist Out to get our kith and kin, Let silent guns Save our sons The power is within. Facts of life. very well written. tony
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Diana Van Den Berg 13 November 2015
I hadn’t heard of Stephen Lawrence and so looked up what happened and who he was. My tears flowed at both accounts and on both occasions that I read the poem. Kudos to you again, Benjamin!
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Maria Gonzalez 04 August 2015
So real and written from the heart. Very well crafted.
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Irene Henning 15 May 2013
Just found out about this poem when we discussed Auden's Musée des Beaux Arts in my writing group last night. That describes how evil happens while ordinary life goes on all round us. Zephaniah makes the same point very strongly when he says not to take for granted the tedious task of waiting for a bus. Good piece and like the previous person commenting on this, there are times when I am embarrassed to be white.
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Jetty J Newnham 13 November 2012
At last 2 racist have been convicted for this racist crime. Evidence that the police are full of racism appears daily, as Frank Zappa said on trouble every day I know I'm not black, but some days I wish I wasn't white. I'm english working-class, I hear racist comments every day, I have scars for standing up to racism! I wont stop.
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Sam Jack 17 January 2012
Here's a recent video of Benjamin Zephaniah reciting this piece http: //www.youtube.com/watch? v=Awns1EIUweA
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Diana Van Den Berg 13 November 2015
Thank you, Sam Jack for directing us to a reading of such a paradoxically delicately powerful poem!
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Loclann O'grady 09 January 2012
Professor Benjamin Zephaniah is professor of Poetry at Brunel University and was a candidate for the same position at Oxford. I've never heard of Andrew James. I don't think I will pay any attention to the views of illiterate dunderheads...
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Kolawole Ajao 04 June 2010
Andrew James, do you personally distaste this poor folk called Zephaniah?
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Andrew James 29 September 2008
drivel... evidence that english culture is falling into a cesspool of illiterate dunderheads... zephaniah's ouvre is empty headed drivel... he has little to say other than preachy diatribes imparted with trivial insights slapped together for mass consumption and appeal... most children write better poetry than this garbage.. sadly i agree with his politics... but that only makes everything he has to say that much more insipid, unoriginal and quite ordinary...
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