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Sonny's Lettah (Anti-Sus Poem) - Linton Kwesi Johnson


Sonny's letter:

SUS => Based upon Sections 4 and 6 of the Vagrancy Act 1824 which made it illegal for a suspected person or reputed thief to frequent or loiter in a public place with intent to commit an arrestable offence” and effectively permits the police to stop and search anyone they chose, purely on the basis of suspicion.

Der Song handelt von einem Schwarzen, der ohne Anklage eingebuchtet wird und von Polizisten zu Tode geprügelt wird.

Dem thump him in him belly and it turn to jelly
Dem lick ‘im pon ‘im back and ‘im rib get pop
Dem thump him pon him head but it tough like lead
Dem kick ‘im in ‘im seed and it started to bleed

o mi jook one in him eye and him started to cry
me thump him pon him mouth and him started to shout
me kick him pon him shin so him started to spin
me hit him pon him chin an him drop pon a bin
- and crash - and dead…

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