The Human Race.
Article Type: Poem
Author: Kujichagulia, Phavia
Pub Date: 12/01/2010
Publication: Name: Journal of Pan African Studies Publisher: Journal of Pan African Studies Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Social sciences Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Journal of Pan African Studies ISSN: 0888-6601
Issue: Date: Dec, 2010 Source Volume: 4 Source Issue: 2
Accession Number: 306754404
Full Text: [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]

--Phavia Kujichagulia, Oakland, California
The Human Race

   it's a beautiful day here at Equator gardens
   and events are just getting under way
   please note that this is the first race
   the first race of its kind ... and it's post time
   we've got some great thoroughbreds running down the line
   but to begin a fine young filly's first time on the track, first
      one to enter the race
   in lane #1 ... we've got Chocolate Pyramid; her jockey is wearing
      the black jersey
   in lane # 2 ... we've got Dravidian Dream; her jockey's wearing the
      brown jersey
   we've got Mayan Mystery in lane #3; her jockey is in the red jersey
   in lane # 4, Golden Son is in the yellow jersey
   and in lane # 5 ... it's Snowball Express in the white
   they're lined up at the gate ladies and gentlemen
   that's the starting bell ... and they're off ... they're off in a
      cloud of black dust
   as Chocolate Pyramid leaps ahead taking an early lead
   she's the only one in the race for the first 3 million lengths
   down the straight away and into the first turn
   she's approaching the first set of markers now
   AUSTRALOPITHECUS AFRENSIS, HOMO HABILIS
   HOMO ERECTUS, HOMO SAPIEN, HOMO SAPIEN SAPIEN
   to CRO-MAGNON into GRIMALDI

   Chocolate Pyramid's maintaining an impressive stride
   on the inside turn as she heads around the track towards the next
      straight away
   I've never seen anything like it. none of the others are in the
      race
   however Chocolate Pyramid's performing magnificently
   she's approaching the second set of markers now
   HOTTENTOT, TWA, KOI KOI, AFRICIOD, AUSTRALOID
   into KEMET/Ancient Egypt, SUMER, SHANG, DRAVIDIAN, OLMEC

   Chocolate Pyramid's coming off the back turn
   she looks like an easy winner in this one folks ... just a minute
   jockey #2 Dravidian Dream has just leaped from the starting gate
   she's in the race in second place
   Mayan Mystery and Golden Son are now on the track tied for third
      place
   Snowball Express is trying to get out of the starting blocks
   but he's way behind in fifth place ... barely in the race
   and Chocolate Pyramid's still way out front in first place
   she's coming up on the next set of markers now
   NUBIA, PUNT, AXUM ... GHANA, MALI, SONGHAY

   TIMBUKTU, ETHIPOIA, MONAMOTAPA, GREAT ZIMBABWE
   BENIN, DOGON, DAHOMEY
   top of the lane it's Chocolate Pyramid
   and she's approaching the final turn
   Dravidian Dream is gaining on the outside
   Mayan Mystery is coming off the turn into the back stretch in third
      place
   Golden Son is looking for room on the rail
   leaving Snowball Express way behind in last place
   around the last turn ... it's Chocolate Pyramid
   and she's approaching the final markers now
   MOOR, ALGONQUIN, CARIB, ABORIGINE
   ARAWAK, MAROON, SEMINOLE, GULLAH, GEECHEE

   Chocolate Pyramid's way out front in first place
   the others are barreling around the track
   quickly approaching the last straight-away
   and Snowball Express is beginning to make his move
   he's putting on pressure from the rear
   scrambling to make up for lost time
   but it's going to be impossible for Snowball Express to catch up
      ...
   ... wait ... wait a minute ... something's happening
   it appears that one of the jockeys has thrown something onto the
      field
   there's a cloud of white smoke on the track
   it's looking bad for the others in the race
   they seem to be confused and dazed
   there's a smoke screen on the track ladies and gentlemen!
   it's difficult to see who's out in front as they head for the home
      stretch
   neck-n-neck it's Chocolate Pyramid and ... Snowball Express ? ? ?
   this is unbelievable ... what ... what an amazing recovery ! ! !
   Chocolate Pyramid and Snowball Express are racing for the finish
      line
   it's Chocolate Pyramid ... Snowball Express
   ... Snowball Express ... Chocolate Pyramid
   it's Chocolate Pyramid ... Snowball Express ... Chocolate ...
   it's ... it's too close to call
   ... it's going to be a photo finish!
   ... one moment please ... just a minute ladies and gentlemen
   I've just received word that one of the jockeys has been
      disqualified
   ... please ... hold all your tickets
   it appears that jockey #5, Mr. Ray Cism has been disqualified from
      the race
   yes, it's official jockey racism on Snowball Express
   has been disqualified for throwing a white substance onto the track
   ... we're now awaiting further details here at Equator gardens
   okay we've just received word that the white substance
   has been identified as a cloud of white supremacy
   yes, a cloud of white supremacy has severely
   unleveled the playing field here in the human race
   I'm sorry ladies & gentlemen but all bets are off ... all bets are
      off
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