Who is black, Jack?

IMG_1107I’m not black, I said, I’m Indian

You dirty Paki, the white man said

I’m not black, I said, I’m Pakistani

You dirty wog, the white man said

I’m not black, I said, I’m Chinese

You dirty chink, the white man said

I’m not black, I said, I’m Egyptian

You dirty Arab, the white man said

I’m not black, I said, I am Nigerian

You dirty nigger, the white man said

I’m a not black, I said, I’m Muslim

You dirty terrorist, the white man said

I’m not black, I said, I’m Apache

You dirty Injun, the white man said

I’m not black, I said, I’m Columbian

You dirty Sanchez, the white man said

Tariq, you can’t be white, the white man said,

That’s my right, I own this night.

Illustration by Sarbjit Johal

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