THE BLACK MAN’S BURDEN


THE BLACK MAN’S BURDEN – POEM BY H.T. JOHNSON

This poem was H.T. Johnson‘s response in April 1899 on Rudyard Kipling’s poem THE WHITE MAN’S BURDEN, published February 1899, en couraging the USA to build a colonial empire according to British model.

Pile on the Black Man’s Burden.
‘Tis nearest at your door;
Why heed long bleeding Cuba,
or dark Hawaii’s shore?
Hail ye your fearless armies,
Which menace feeble folks
Who fight with clubs and arrows
and brook your rifle’s smoke.
Pile on the Black Man’s Burden
His wail with laughter drown
You’ve sealed the Red Man’s problem,
And will take up the Brown,
In vain ye seek to end it,
With bullets, blood or death
Better by far defend it
With honor’s holy breath.

Eric Burdon created a magnificent and revolutionary double LP with the band War and named it Black Man’s Burden

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