July 29, 2006

Minorities can be USED as White House South Lawn Decorations

On July 27th, with much pomp and circumstance, President Bush signed the Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks, And Coretta Scott King Voting Rights Act Reauthorization And Amendments Act Of 2006 into law. In short, the law prohibits the use of testing, taxes, intimidation, etc. to prevent people from voting. 25 years? Why can't this law be one that doesn't need to be renewed? Let's just throw the minorities some scraps. Should keep 'em full for the time being. "The right of ordinary men and women to determine their own political future lies at the heart of the American experiment, and it is a right that has been won by the sacrifice of patriots.....My administration will vigorously enforce the provisions of this law, and we will defend it in court." Let them eat cake.

In the year 2006, the Voting Rights Act is nothing more than a diversion. A tactic. Keepin' our eyes off the prize. I need to eat. I need an education. I need a job. I need a safe school. I need an affordable place to live. I need to see a doctor.

Tackle the REAL issues. Don't parade minorities on stage, don't give us heritage months, don't embarass us with music months, and don't dupe us into voting for you.
Before giving us empty rhetoric, served up with Julian Bond, Al Sharpton, and Jesse Jackson to authenticate it, give us what the American experiment promises. Give us schools without metal detectors. Give us schools that look and feel like learning environments. Give us teachers that don't give up on me.
Give us health care. Give us a prison system that is devoid of connections to industry and the prophets of profit. Stop locking us up for no reason. Give us an opportunity to get that 40 acres. We don't need a mule. We just need an affordable mortgage. Instead of paying for the rebuilding of countries you've toppled, could you stabilize our economy?
Who's Fannie Lou Hamer? School didn't teach us about OUR founding mothers and fathers.
In 1965, we wouldn't have been able to stand on the White House lawn, unless we were cutting it or shining the guest of honor's shoes. Today, we are allowed to stand on the White House lawn and smile as the president signs another diversion. We'll see our pictures in the magazines. Maybe our names will be in the paper. PROGRESS is a beautiful thing.
THE IMPRESSIONS: The Young Mod's Forgotten Story http://rapidshare.de/files/27462613/impress_tymfs.rar.html


Blogger Zero G Sound said...

Thanks for Mutabaruka - good to hear his voice again. And thanks for the always interesting postings on your blog!

7:57 AM  
Blogger vik said...

zero g -
mutabaruka could always bring it. check it was his best.

glad you enjoy the site.

9:49 AM  
Blogger Amadeo said...

Ahhh the smell of distraction...I keep wondering why when it took W 5 1/2 years to go speak to the NAACP did he not get booed out of the building. I guess like the middle child we'll take any attention we can get.

6:02 PM  
Blogger vik said...

@amadeo - nice analogy. some attention is good attention.

fuck it. talk is cheap. i want results.

6:56 PM  
Anonymous dp said...

I don't even talk to the NAACP so G DUBBZ figures why should he. we aren't proactive enough as Americans. we need to establish a new network with a new agenda. one that shows our might as consumers would be effective and respected. for two days I am not buying shit or watching any television. could you go two days without watching any television?

10:13 AM  
Blogger J Epstein said...

If Rev.Al had half a shred of integrity (but he doesn't) he'd tell W to go to hell.

The saddest part is that Rev.Al actually lends credibility to W - that's pathetic in so many ways.

TYMFS is just about the best album - thanks for the up.


7:59 PM  
Blogger vik said...

dp - 2 days with no tv.....what is that? iraq? this is the USA!

j - that is sad. young mods was the impressions at their best.

8:02 PM  
Blogger J Epstein said...

"young mods was the impressions at their best."

Amen. The best of the best of the best is pretty damn fine. I like my angry message statements sweet & pretty, does that make me shallow?


3:03 PM  

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