“The Radical Way” by Claude McKay

In the Service of our Ancestors and African Love,
Listen Seeker, I come in peace,

“The problem with Europeans and Asians is Europeans and Asians; the solution for Africans is Africans!” — Onitaset Kumat

“We have been lied to” is the understatement of our generation. We have not only been lied to, we have been lied to about us. We have no idea who we were. None. Least of all we African Nationalists. In 1929 Claude McKay wrote “The Radical Way.” A fool would say “he was ahead of his time;” the wise, “on time.” I give homage to him. This poem befits our classics. In the end it speaks bluntly to reality. In not excelling in the modern world we saved ourselves from Europeans and Asians, our perennial problems. Please enjoy this 1929 classic published in Banjo, Editions Rieder, Paris, 1929.

The Radical Way
by Claude McKay

A black man, despite his education,
is able to preserve the closest relations
with the rhythm of the primitive life of the earth
And may be his failure in the organization
Of the modern world
Was the true force that saved him
From the miserable thing
Commonly known as the Whites

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