Linton Kwesi Johnson is a Jamaican dub poet who has long been based in the UK. In 2002 he became the second living poet, and the only black poet, to be published in the Penguin Modern Classics series. He is a performance poet who recites of his own verse in Jamaican Patois over dub-reggae. The song featured here is about the SuS laws which meant that many black young people were unjustly ‘searched on suspicion’ by the police who, at the time, subsequent investigations have shown, were institutionally racist.

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