Monday, April 12, 2010
Fable of the Donkey
Fable of the Donkey
In memory of Ali Sharif Bey
The so-called Negro is the donkey of the world, everybody rides him to success. If you need a free ride to success, jump on the Negro's back and ride into the sunset. He will welcome you with open arms. No saddle needed, just jump on his back and ride him to the bank.
The so-called Negro lives in Negroland, and the whole world is welcome, free of charge. He claims it as his turf, but not really because he runs whenever popo comes. Why would he run if he owns his turf, even kills over his turf, but runs when popo comes.
Anyone can set up shop in Negroland. They need not speak Negro. Chinese is fine. Spanish ok. Yoruba great. Arabic cool. Hebrew too! Don't leave out Japanese. Throw in French. They all sell to the Negro, they all ride the donkey. They wouldn't think of letting him ride them. They wouldn't think of him selling to them. He wouldn't think of selling to them.
From the heart of Negroland, everybody sends money back to their homelands. None of the money stays in Negroland. For what reason does a donkey need money? Is he going to eat it?
The donkey produces nothing other than transportation to the bank. Now people might take liberties with his women, give them little donkey babies. The foreign children like to ride donkey babies. They imitate donkey babies. Dress like them. Walk like them. Talk like them. Sing like them. Dance like them. The children love everything about donkey babies except donkey babies!
We wonder when will the donkey wake up and throw off his riders?
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