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  •  Mychal Denzel Smith in the current issue of (36+ / 0-)

    The Nation had this to say: It is beautiful and poignant and spot on:

    For what would justice for Trayvon Martin have been? If you're like me you don't see prison as the answer. Zimmerman behind bars for 25 years isn't justice delivered.  Our prison state doesn't work, and relying on it to bring justice for any of us is a fool's errand. Instead justice should be an entire society doing everything it can to ensure that what happened to Trayvon never happens again. This includes a commitment to recognizing the humanity in black men and boys. It means divesting from the racist belief that black men are preternaturally violent creatures, inherent  criminals. Justice is black boys not having to grow up with that hanging over their heads. Justice is support for their potential.
    Real justice is this country truly believing that killing of black boys is a tragedy.
    So what's next? My fellow Nation contributor Salamishah Tiller told me a story about the legendary singer Nina Simone. After the church bombing that killed 4 little girls in Birmingham, Alabama, Simone gathered tools from her garage and tried to make herself a gun. Her husband walked in on her and asked what she was doing. She replied that she was making a gun because she wanted to kill someone. He said, "Nina, you don't know anything about killing. The only thing you've got is music." Then she wrote Mississippi Goddamn.

    What's next is that each of us takes whatever gift we have and use it in a way that honors and values black life. That is the legacy Trayvon Martin can leave to this world.

    "Say little, do much" (Pirkei Avot 1:15)

    by hester on Sat Jul 27, 2013 at 02:33:35 PM PDT

    •  Just listened to the song on YouTube. Quite... (4+ / 0-)
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      stirring.
      I have 3 of her songs (Blues for Mama, In the Morning, Since I Fell for You) on my iPod, but hadn't heard of this one.
      Thanks for bringing it to our attention. Wow, it's a strong indictment.

      I share a birthday with John Lennon and Bo Obama.

      by peacestpete on Sat Jul 27, 2013 at 04:01:11 PM PDT

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      •  Lyrics: and link (16+ / 0-)

        link
        Lyrics

        (1963) Nina Simone

        The name of this tune is Mississippi Goddam
        And I mean every word of it

        Alabama's gotten me so upset
        Tennessee made me lose my rest
        And everybody knows about Mississippi Goddam

        Alabama's gotten me so upset
        Tennessee made me lose my rest
        And everybody knows about Mississippi Goddam

        Can't you see it
        Can't you feel it
        It's all in the air
        I can't stand the pressure much longer
        Somebody say a prayer

        Alabama's gotten me so upset
        Tennessee made me lose my rest
        And everybody knows about Mississippi Goddam

        This is a show tune
        But the show hasn't been written for it, yet

        Hound dogs on my trail
        School children sitting in jail
        Black cat cross my path
        I think every day's gonna be my last

        Lord have mercy on this land of mine
        We all gonna get it in due time
        I don't belong here
        I don't belong there
        I've even stopped believing in prayer

        Don't tell me
        I tell you
        Me and my people just about due
        I've been there so I know
        They keep on saying "Go slow!"

        But that's just the trouble
        "do it slow"
        Washing the windows
        "do it slow"
        Picking the cotton
        "do it slow"
        You're just plain rotten
        "do it slow"
        You're too damn lazy
        "do it slow"
        The thinking's crazy
        "do it slow"
        Where am I going
        What am I doing
        I don't know
        I don't know

        Just try to do your very best
        Stand up be counted with all the rest
        For everybody knows about Mississippi Goddam

        I made you thought I was kiddin' didn't we

        Picket lines
        School boycotts
        They try to say it's a communist plot
        All I want is equality
        for my sister my brother my people and me

        Yes you lied to me all these years
        You told me to wash and clean my ears
        And talk real fine just like a lady
        And you'd stop calling me Sister Sadie

        Oh but this whole country is full of lies
        You're all gonna die and die like flies
        I don't trust you any more
        You keep on saying "Go slow!"
        "Go slow!"

        But that's just the trouble
        "do it slow"
        Desegregation
        "do it slow"
        Mass participation
        "do it slow"
        Reunification
        "do it slow"
        Do things gradually
        "do it slow"
        But bring more tragedy
        "do it slow"
        Why don't you see it
        Why don't you feel it
        I don't know
        I don't know

        You don't have to live next to me
        Just give me my equality
        Everybody knows about Mississippi
        Everybody knows about Alabama
        Everybody knows about Mississippi Goddam

        That's it for now! see ya' later

        "Say little, do much" (Pirkei Avot 1:15)

        by hester on Sat Jul 27, 2013 at 05:30:00 PM PDT

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      •  when she died, I wanted my students to know (3+ / 0-)

        more about her, both as a musician and as a civil rights figure.

        I explained a little bit, then played two songs

        I wish I knew what it was to be free

        Mississippi Goddamn

        I think my students got a real sense

        "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

        by teacherken on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 05:27:54 AM PDT

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    •  until the killing of black men (7+ / 0-)

      black mothers' sons

      is an important as the killing of white men

      white mothers's sons

      we who believe in freedom cannot rest

      we who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes

      Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D.
      Drop by The Grieving Room on Monday nights for support in dealing with grief.

      by TrueBlueMajority on Sat Jul 27, 2013 at 07:38:40 PM PDT

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    •  Great comment! (1+ / 0-)
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      hester

      Needs to be its own diary!  Thank you for posting it.

      It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

      by Radiowalla on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 08:20:42 AM PDT

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