YOUNG, GIFTED BUT BLACK

When Mebula Ramsandra
Was three years old
His mother told him, that if he wanted
To be a big strong man
He'd have to drink all his milk ---
And he did.
When Mebula Ramsandra
Was five years old
His teacher told him
That if he wanted
To go to a grammar school1
He'd have to try harder with his homework ---
And he did.
When Mebula Ramsandra
Was fifteen years old
His lecturer told him
That if he wanted to be a lab technician
He'd have to go to University ---
And he did.
So ten years later
When Mebula Ramsandra
Was twenty-five years old
A big, strong, clever, educated postgraduate -----
The man on the other end of the telephone said
If he wanted to work for him,
He'd have to be big, strong, clever, educated postgraduate ----- and
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No. Questions Marks
A young Mebula Ramsandra was advised by his mother to consume (a) _________ if
he wanted to be big and strong. At the age of five his teacher warned him that if he
didn't put in (b) _______ work, he wouldn't be able to go to Grammar School. When he
was in his teens, he was told that he would have to go to University to be a lab (c)
_________. After ten years his job application was rejected because he was (d)
_______.  Surely the man on the other side of the telephone was (e) __________.

a) all his milk

b) efforts in his home

c) technician

d) a Black

e) a White

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