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I am nobody's Nigger

by Sarah Ensor
Issue No. 2359

Poet Dean Atta

Poet Dean Atta


These poems are personal and beautiful. Some are painful to read—including Atta’s experience of racism and homophobia. 

The title is from his most famous poem, which he wrote when Gary Dobson and David Norris were finally found guilty of the murder of Stephen Lawrence. 

“Rappers, when you use the word ‘nigger’, remember

“That’s one of the last words Stephen Lawrence heard,

So don’t tell me it’s a reclaimed word

“I am nobody’s nigger”.

I am Nobody's Nigger
Dean Atta
Westbourne Press

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Tue 25 Jun 2013, 18:18 BST
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