We have worked too hard for the white man
In the blazing sun.
The Black man has worked hard under difficult conditions only to benefit the whites
The connotation of “the white man”:
As early as the 1670s, Blacks formed a majority of the population. By the beginning of the 19th century, Jamaica’s heavy reliance on slavery resulted in blacks outnumbering whites by a ratio of almost 20 to 1.
Here “the white man” is singular, in contrast to the plural “we”, perhaps signifying how the majority have been exploited and oppressed by a few. It also conveys the long-standing hostility that did not perish after the emancipation from chattel slavery in 1838. “The white man” has become an idea, an enemy that is to be fought against for years to come.
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