My Only “Political” Post of the Year

I encourage all people to listen to this song. If the song is too heavy or loud, I encourage you to consider the lyrics in the song. Also, checkout the footnotes the lyrics. I’ve attached the lyrics with their footnotes below the video for your convenience:

LYRICS:
I saw you stumble out from the social slaughter house, oppression’s progeny, you lift your head and plead for mercy. Rocks began as building blocks until they turned to throwing stones; a monolith of dominance we set atop your plinth of bones.[01]

This privilege[02] is a prism, reflecting our indecision, the iniquities of inhibition, our indifference gave way to a prison.[03] Classes at war,[04] castes are born – criminals are sworn in.[05]

Place your hands to the pulse of this city,[06] keep your ear to the ground, hear her gasp, “I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe.”[07]

Are we so blind to believe that violence could give birth to peace?[08]

Lay down our weapons and raise our arms.[09] Make every breath a protest in a world where your neighbors cannot breathe. Every second in the shadows,[10] lives are stolen in the sun – slowly waking from our apathy to see the fascists have won. They already won – just ask the child in front of the smoking gun.[11]

Are we so blind to believe that violence could give birth to peace?

Place your hands to the pulse of this city, keep your ear to the ground, hear him gasp, “I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe.”[12]
We shout at fascist[13] hands fixed on asphyxiating those in need. Place your hands to the pulse of this city, keep your ear to the ground, hear her gasp, “I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe.”[14]

Are we so blind to believe that violence could give birth to peace?

I’ve seen the end, the tyrant on his knees.[15] Will we starve our need for retribution, or take his eye and all go blind?[16][17]

FOOTNOTES:
01 — Michel Foulcault, Discipline and Punish
02 — Allan G. Johnson, Privilege, Power, and Difference
03 — Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow
04 — Noam Chomsky, Class Warfare
05 — Several past and near-future presidents of the United States of America
06 — Blackstar, Respiration ft. Common
07 — Eric Garner in Staten Island, NYC on July 17, 2014
08 — Matthew 26:52
09 — Isaiah 2:4
10 — Walter Brueggemann, Out of Babylon
11 — Countless children who have been victims of both gang and police shootings, who have been disproportionately ethnic minorities and in lower socioeconomic areas of USA.
12 — Hernan Jaramillo in Oakland, CA on July 8, 2013
13 — Donald J. Trump
14 — Kelly Thomas in Fullerton, CA on July 5, 2011
15 — Sic Semper Tyrannis
16 — “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind” – commonly attributed to Mahatma Gandhi
17 — For more information on social inequality and systemic incarceration please visit: Equal Justice Initiative at http://www.eji.org. An excellent community resource for inner-city African American families: http://www.aapci.org