Great article, Kyle. I couldn't agree more.
I think it's also important to think back to a year ago, when the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra faced severe budget cuts and the locked-out musicians took to the streets to promote awareness of their situation. After several days of performing in front of the Hilbert Circle Theatre, which brought attention from every local news source, the musicians' lock-out ended and the budget was more or less restored. Street performing effectively saved an Indianapolis cultural institution!
Not to mention the Get Down On It day last summer which brought out droves of people to celebrate the opening of the Cultural Trail. That day alone, I saw 8 marching bands and drum corps, and I even followed one, The Jefferson Street Parade Band, down the cultural trail to go to work. It pains me to think that these beautiful, serendipitous moments of music in unexpected places could be over for Indianapolis.
Thanks for the comment Robbie :)
Deep and so timely its scary. I found myself weeping and celebrating. Thanks Kyle Long for the memory, the music. and this Gil Scott-Heron perspective. May the brother rest in peace.
@don'tgivea@#&*, i totally agree! black ppl shood only be able to go certain places after dark, shud b a law!
SHAME ON YOU..is right ..it was self defense..he was not alittle kid..sorry but tired of all this racsim that black people e keeping alive..there black people kill white every day and u don't see us MARCHING down do screaming, and acting a fool...this should be a race thing there are stupid people in every race..that boy should have not been there at that time at night piont blank....Martin got upset cause he thought zimmerman was a white man asking him what he was doing and started act like a THUG...
@ jtn8 - I appreciate your criticism… Nuvo grants me a limited number of words to work with per column & it's often difficult to edit my thoughts down to the enforced word limit while still retaining coherent meaning - especially on such a complicated topic. I don't think I would say I wrote this out of anger - more sadness and frustration… but I did write it quickly to meet my deadline and I probably failed to make my points successfully.
For many Americans the justification of Zimmerman's act was based on the perception that a young black male in a gated community is suspicious, that a young black male in a gated community deserves to be profiled and stalked etc., - I consider that perspective both racist and classist.
The topic of race has dominated this issue. I was hoping to get people to think about the way the class struggle and racism are intertwined... e.g. for centuries "divide and rule" tactics have been a strategical method used by colonial powers to maintain control of a population while they plunder their resources… it's a historic example of the ruling class using race as a means to exploit the poor and powerless…
I didn't say the justice system was necessarily rigged by the wealthy, but I think it certainly operates in their favor - compare the the way we judge white-collar criminals to the way we judge poor petty thieves; compare prison sentences of wealthy white drug offenders to those of poor blacks… etc. Simply look at what's going on around us everyday: mass pollution, the recent sweatshop collapse in Bangladesh etc., etc., etc., these are all criminal atrocities carried out with impunity to benefit cooperate America, or the wealthy ruling class or whatever it is we're calling them now… our laws are being rewritten to protect them, to give them more power etc.
Martin Luther King devoted the last years of his life to confronting the relationship between race and class... particularly during his Poor People's March... his work could help you find the logical nexus between race, class and justice far better than I can... “In a sense, you could say we’re involved in the class struggle.” - MLK 1968
Thanks again for your thoughtful remarks, but I do stand by my assertion that Trayvon Martin was a victim of racism and an indirect casualty of a vicious class war that's being waged against poor and working class Americans...
Shame on YOU, idiot commenter. fuck that ridiculous self defense stand your ground bullshit. A woman in Florida was just sent to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot (a warning shot, no one died. a little kid wasn't MURDERED for being black) at her ABUSIVE husband. guess what? she's black. let me guess, both of the people who commented on this live North of 82nd street and are white.
You may be morally convinced (as I am) that GZ was guilty. But that does not mean that our justice system has been hijacked by some undefined "ruling class." It's troubling that many in the media/politics use this case as a way to reaffirm their preconceived judgments. I just do not see any logical nexus between the outcome of this case and the supposed rigging by the wealthy of our justice system. Where does that conclusion even come from? It's a conclusion based purely on anger, not reason. Any that is not going to get us anywhere.
Shame on you. Self defense is legal. Get over it.
I remember back when rap used to be good.
@bobp - I would recommend the great Chilean MC Ana Tijoux for starters... for Argentina look out for the group Actitud María Marta... also check out Brazil's Criolo - his Nó na Orelha LP is one if the best hip-hop albums I've heard in the last few years.
could someone please recommend me some Chilean/Argentinian/Latin American, hip hop? cheers!
Shout out to Chilean Hip Hop!! The man has great taste and an ear to the global street!What an amazing show! Cant wait for them to come back again! Que Viva Chile!
Check this new book named after the song entitled Clandstino: In Search of Manu Chao http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1846681871
Have really enjoyed your writings here recently, Kyle. The last few columns you've done have been very poignant and thought-provoking. Keep up the great work.
Relevant: "I am not the Tsarnaevs" http://www.salon.com/2013/04/22/i_am_not_t…
I don't think anything needs to be done. This country is geared towards Latin expansion. It's gonna happen regardless. Two weeks in a row of good writings from you, Kyle. I enjoyed them both.
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