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You'll see a green painted sign
On the road into town
Sayin' "Get your black ass out
Before the sun goes down"

Them's just the rules
If your skin is brown
In the home of the brave
And the free

A street in Boston's stained
With Negro blood

And Tuskegee men fought
The war from above

Still can't marry the
White girl that you love

In the home of the brave
And the free

Schools, books and playgrounds
Separate and unequal
Kill a black man --
It ain't quite illegal
Hell, you know black folk
They ain't even people
In the home of the brave
And the free

The grass and dirt
Are black and scarred
From the cross they burned
In the front yard
Findin' bravery and freedom
Can be so hard
In the home of the brave
And the free

Fifty years later
And racism's dead
But if a black man says
The same things MLK said
White folks on TV
Will still call for his head
In the home of the brave
And the free.

Originally posted to karateexplosions on Mon Apr 28, 2008 at 01:40 PM PDT.


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  •  . (6+ / 0-)

    "So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights, we'll be called a democracy." -Roger Baldwin

    by voila on Mon Apr 28, 2008 at 01:55:35 PM PDT

  •  Why Fight Those Old Battles? (10+ / 0-)

    We don't have to fight those old battles anymore.  We will leave racism and sexism and gay bashing and classism behind.  The Boomers fought those battles already.  They are history.  Time to turn the page.

    Yeah, some of us knew that was bunk when we heard it.  We've heard the pretty political rhetoric before.  A Thousand Points of Light!  Morning In America!  Shiny happy phrases meant to distract us from the dreary reality that every generation must fight the same battles as their predecessors, in their own way.

    Proud member of the Cult of Issues and Substance!

    by Fabian on Mon Apr 28, 2008 at 02:03:28 PM PDT

  •  Lou Reed should put that to music (3+ / 0-)

    Reminds me of his "New York" Album.

    If you're in the mood for a poem I worte you can find one Here

    A perfection of means, and confusion of aims, seems to be our main problem.- Albert Einstein

    by bldr on Mon Apr 28, 2008 at 08:43:47 PM PDT

  •  Scary, that 4 people said 'racism is behind us' (5+ / 0-)

    And sad.

    "Change doesn't happen from the top down,
    it happens from the bottom up." Barack Obama

    by shpilk on Mon Apr 28, 2008 at 09:03:44 PM PDT

  •  Thank you, karateexplosions AND thanks to... (3+ / 0-)

    Diary Rescue (joyful) for the 'save' - I hate that I missed this when it was new. What an effing shame that it went by so quickly, with so little notice.

    Next time, put the word 'official' in your title. ;-)

    "The thing about life is you always have to keep something on the to-do list." Alan Shore, Boston Legal, 2-12-08

    by va dare on Mon Apr 28, 2008 at 09:10:24 PM PDT

  •  Racism is over if you want it (2+ / 0-)
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    Fabian, karateexplosions

    Nice job, ke, glad to be pointed this way by Diary Rescue.

    We still have so far to go & rhetoric is pretty thin gruel.  

  •  Amen and Amen (1+ / 0-)
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    Which seems to be my theme tonight. Powerful stuff.  You should have put out a tip jar.  I couldn't pick one.  My theory is that Barack Obama issued an invitation to finally end the civil war and begin healing the nation with his Philidelphia speech.  Anyone who thinks racism is dead needs to take a little trip though the south and the north and the east and the west.  If racism were dead then the color of Barack Obama's skin would not be an issue.  I grew up in the segregated south and my parents were racist.  I understand racism. I've live it and lived a life of living it down.

    I encourage everyone to watch the Bill Moyer's special before you make another comment about race or the Rev Wright.  He may just open your eyes.  I would be proud to be a member of his church and if you are a true progressive so would most of you.  Amen brother.  Amen means let it be in case you didn't know.  See there you did learn something from my blather.    

    •  I was discussing Ohio (1+ / 0-)
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      with a fellow Ohioan.  The conversation came around to being called the N-word while living in Ohio back in the 1950s.

      I thought about it for a while.  I then realized that in the 1950s, the N-word was probably used in OH and IN and NY and AL and oh, the rest of the fifty states.  It wasn't like Ohio was the only state where people were called ethnic slurs or deprived of their rights.

      Proud member of the Cult of Issues and Substance!

      by Fabian on Tue Apr 29, 2008 at 03:41:13 AM PDT

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