FIGHT MUSIC 2: White Man’s Burden [companion guide to the mixtape]

Below is a companion guide for the Docu-Mix-Tape FIGHT MUSIC 2: White Man’s Burden by DJ d.painter.

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It’s been a full year since the election, since “The Resistance” began, since wokeness spread like a virus. In the wake of an upset, democrats struggle to find a message while many of Trump’s fringe supporters are having buyer’s remorse. 2018 is up for grabs and it’s important to reflect on the feelings, ideologies and motivations of the citizens that got us where we ended up in 2017.

Focused on the voices most representative of the people, speeches and interviews are layered with songs indicative of the feelings, opinions and situations experienced by many US citizens. The songs, some dating back to the 1950’s, demonstrate that issues are never fully solved, just quelled temporarily as public opinion cycles around, not unlike fashion and art.

The title, “White Man’s Burden”, is taken from an 1899 poem by celebrated author Rudyard Kipling. The original piece is about how it is the moral obligation of the west (Britain and the US) to colonize the more uncivilized regions of the world. It is now clear that the virtue of Eurocentricity is a fallacy in that it does not uplift the “uncivilized”, it has historically conformed them mostly for the sake of labor and servitude. What we are seeing now is a societal regression in which Eurocentrism has imploded on its own people. Industrialization, once considered the saving grace of society and the heart of 20th Century middle class development, has all but vanished stateside. With less domestic outlets for upward mobility, more and more White Americans find themselves in a position not far removed from those colonized people the western world once exploited for financial dominance. The white man & woman’s burden is now fighting to not be victims, crushed under the weight of their own system.

This project is split into 4 Chapters where a mix of punk (Rise Against, The Clash, Bikini Kill, Green Day, etc), heartland rock (Neil Young, John Mellencamp) and country (Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, etc) artists tell the story. What you’ll find below is a companion glossary featuring details, background, links to lyrics and supportive material on each song, talking point and sound bite.

– D. Painter

 

 

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TRACK LIST

 

0:00       1.      Intro
0:32       2.      Working Class Hero  – John Lennon
3:16       3.      farmers vs Monsanto Seeding Fear/RT America
4:22       4.      Monsanto Years – Neil Young & Promise of the Real
7:24       5.      WVA/“Forgotten men & women” CNN/Donald Trump
8:56       6.      Rain On The Scarecrow – John Mellencamp
10:46     7.      Coal Miner’ vs. Hillary Clinton
11:04     8.      Heartland – Willie Nelson
11:39     9.      “country in serious trouble” Donald Trump
12:55    10.     No No Joe – Hank Williams
13:46    11.     Keep The Change – Hank Williams Jr.
15:07    12.     Competition Song – Pennywise
17:47    13.     Don’t Call Me White – NOFX
20:15    14.     reverse racism The Daily Show/Vice News
20:29    15.     “not sending their best” Donald Trump
21:19    16.      Move Them Niggers North – Johnny Rebel
22:42    17.      Them and Us – Bad Religion
25:28    18.      White Riot/“make America great again” The Clash/Donald Trump
26:21    19.      Survivalism – Nine Inch Nails
29:30    20.      “your greed has got to end” Bernie Sanders/Vice News
30:21    21.      Golden Parachutes – Desaparecidos
31:21    22.      “economic, social racial and environmental justice” Bernie Sanders
32:55    23.      Guerilla Radio – Rage Against The Machine
35:51    24.      Disparity By Design – Rise Against
38:58    25.      A People’s History of the World – Propagandhi
41:09    26.      “one person one vote” Bernie Sanders
41:33    27.      Holiday – Green Day
45:14    28.      ‘diversity” Elizabeth Warren
45:42    29.      Prayer Of The Refugee – Rise Against
47:47    30.      travel ban Infowars
48:56    31.      Career Opportunities – The Clash
50:36    32.      “raising the minimum wage” Elizabeth Warren
50:56    33.      “disappearing middle class” Bernie Sanders
51:25    34.      Greater Omaha – Desaparecidos
54:52    35.      “i am woman” Poly Styrene/Helen Reddy
55:08    36.      Double Dare Ya – Bikini Kill
57:17    37.      “the power of women” Elizabeth Warren
57:37    38.      “nasty woman”/Nasty Hillary Clinton/Elizabeth Warren/Janet Jackson
58:11    39.      “not the outcome we wanted” Hillary Clinton
58:26    40.      Rockin In The Free World –  Neil Young
61:05    41.      ‘the greatest opportunity” Chris Matthews

 

 

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LINER NOTES

CHAPTER 1 – Right Plight
[at 0:00]

Intro – news clips taken from John Rich’s “Shuttin Detroit Down” music video. Watch full video

SONG:
“Working class hero” by John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (1970)
[at 0:32]
The first song in the mix is about classism and how the blue collar worker is looked down upon. The heart of the right’s movement in 2016 has been credited to the forgotten white working class.
Lyrics

SOUND BITES:
Chris Matthews taken from Real Time with Bill Maher (sn 15 ep34 11-10-2017)
The quote emphasizes the argument that liberals have been condescending towards Middle America for many years, driving them away from the Democratic Party.

[at 3:16]
Seeding Fear: The Story Of Michael White vs. Monsanto (2015)
link to film
RT America news piece: Monsanto takes over farmer in Supreme Court (2013)
link to video

Both sources tell the story of corporate GMO giant, Monsanto, unfairly putting legal pressure on farmers, in many cases bankrupting them. Many other companies, such as Purdue have, in essence, created a new rural white sharecropping industry reflective of how black farmers were put into debt slavery during the Reconstruction era.

History Channel piece on black sharecroppers

 

SONG:
“Monsanto years” by Neil Young and Promise of the Real (2015)
[at 4:22]
Neil Young, who produced the documentary short, Seeding Fear, further iterates the abuse by Monsanto on rural America.

 

SOUND BITES:
[at 7:24]
CNN News report

During the 2016 election cycle, West Virginia (McDowell County in particular) was held up as the symbol for white poverty due to the unemployment rate, it being a theater of war in the fight to save the coal industry and the eye of the opioid addiction storm. These 3 talking points became bait by which to tug on the emotions of that demographic, creating pied pipers of candidates best able to sell or feign empathy. As the final voice states, motivation at the polls would not be driven by politics or even morals, rather a desperate leap on “hopes and dreams”
Watch more about McDowell County

Donald Trump from his campaign announcement speech (06-16-2015)
Enter Donald Trump, speaking to the national feeling of oppression amongst the white middle class, “the forgotten men and women of our country.”

Watch full speech

 

SONGS:
“Rain on the scarecrow” by John Mellencamp (1985)
[at 8:56]
This song is similar to “Monsanto Years” but from a personal and less political viewpoint. Disparity, loss of legacy in the form of land and occupation, loss of dignity and leaning on religious faith are themes.
Lyrics

sample of “Heartland” by Willie Nelson featuring Bob Dylan (1993)
[at 11:04]
Lyrics

 

SOUND-BITES:
Coal minor vs. Hilary Clinton taken from a round table event (2016)
[at 10:46]
Out of work coal minor, Bo Copley, was one of a few people who were invited to speak face to face with Hillary Clinton. Clinton had recently expressed that she would close down coal mines, to which Copley expresses how such plans personally affect him.
watch full clip

 

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CHAPTER 2 – The Divide

SOUND-BITES:
Donald Trump taken from his campaign announcement speech (6-16-2015)
[at 11:39]
Here, Trump performs the ultimate “Neg”, a dating strategy that utilizes a backhanded compliment (a subtle insult) to strike at a person’s ego often resulting in the target being put off guard and drawn in. In many speeches he sells the idea of America losing while saying America is also the greatest, depicting foreigners as the source of everyone’s woes. As distrust and paranoia are sown, he paints himself as the sole savior for the working class and traditional American ideals. “America First”, a seemingly innocent statement of patriotism, becomes a call for Nationalism within white America.
The “Get him outta here” clip is from a later rally.
Music Bed: “I’m Looking Forward To Joining You, Finally” by Nine Inch Nails

 

SONGS:
“No No Joe” by Hank Williams (1950)
[at 12:55]
“Keep The Change” by Hank Williams Jr. (2012)
[at 13:46]
The handing down of conservative values is exhibited here in 2 songs by a father and son. The former is by the legendary Hank Williams and is a hard-line patriotic statement in response to the Cold War. Due to its frankness, it was released under the pseudonym “Luke The Drifter”. The latter song is by Hank Williams Jr. and takes a less political approach than Sr as he states his displeasure with Obama era policy. Instead Williams Jr. speaks with a bloated American machismo that walks the line between patriotism and prejudice. The coupling ends with a Trump rally “USA” chant.

The irony is that Hank Sr’s song, when placed after the Trump sound bite, sounds like a message to Donald who has been accused of being a bully and trying to lead as a dictator. Regardless of context, it remains a brash message of jingoistic ideology, and who is more jingoistic than Trump himself?
Lyrics “No No Joe”

Lyrics “Keep The Change”

“Competition song” by Pennywise (2005)
[at 15:07]
This song proclaims that survival and desperation ultimately pits culture vs. culture, race vs. race. It reflects the white feeling of minorities taking “their” opportunities. It’s a simple need to create a target for ones frustration. The scapegoat of choice is most likely passed down from father to son and his father before him.
Lyrics

“Don’t Call Me White” by NOFX (2002)
[at 17:47]
The majority of white America typically goes on the defensive anytime issues of racism, current and/or historic, come up. Feeling attacked, they refuse to engage in productive conversation, instead stating, “What my ancestors did has nothing to do with me”. It is as if to them it is not possible to acknowledge present and historic systemic bigotry while simultaneously being proud of who they are. The more the discussion takes place, an attack in their minds, it gives way to the illusion of victimization. A feeling of being treated less special than special interest groups coupled with very real unemployment rates creates the myth of reverse racism. The sins of the father are not necessarily those of the children, but without an understanding of how white privilege is passed down, the chances are those sins will carry on in perpetuity. The views in this song would resound as very sensible to someone living in a pale bubble.
Lyrics

 

SOUND BITES:
Trevor Noah – Daily Show (8-2-2017)
[at 20:15]
This clip is from a segment about Jeff Sessions working to remove institutions such as Affirmative Action in an attempt to address reverse racism. Although it panders to Trump’s white Nationalist base, it is not far off to believe Sessions (based on his history) does actually believe this is an issue that exists. A recent NPR article stated a majority of white Americans believe whites face discrimination, but most said they have never personally experienced it. Read the article or the full study below.
Daily Show clip
NPR – Majority Of White Americans Think They’re Discriminated Against
Robert Wood Johnson Discrimination Poll

Vice News Tonight: Charlottesville: Race and Terror

In the now infamous Vice News piece on the Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville, VA, Robert “Azzmador” Ray of The Daily Stormer website speaks to the reporter denouncing blacks and Jews. The clip used here states the common belief that European/Arian ancestors built the United States and therefore it belongs to them. This, of course, undermines that they too are descendants of immigrants, that there was an indigenous population prior to colonization and that African slaves were here long before many other communities such as Italian and Irish began migrating to the States. Never the less, there are many who feel this is this their country but other should go back to where they came from.
watch full video

Donald Trump from his campaign announcement speech (June 16, 2015)
More race bating from The Donald leading to his most popular campaign speaking point, building the wall at the Mexican border.
watch full speech

 

SONGS:
“Move Them Niggers North” by Johnny Rebel (circa 1960s)
[at 21:19]
A propaganda song recorded by Clifford Trahan aka Johnny Rebel, it preaches the confederate southerner’s desire to keep his community segregated. Xenophobic views are not new, and apparently are far from gone in the US. Other songs by Rebel addressed government aid and “hand outs” to minorities, an issue still argued passionately by many conservatives today (the “takers”), especially those who believe stereotypes such as blacks are the predominant recipients of welfare. Get more clarity on welfare and government assistance statistics here

Lyrics

“Them and us” by Bad Religion (1996)
[at 22:42]
Addresses racism and white supremacy. How desperate people fabricate enemies, even with no legitimate foundation for the hate.
“I heard him say
We can take them all
(but he didn’t know who they were,
And he didn’t know who we were.
And there wasn’t any reason or
Motive, or value, to his story,
Just allegory, imitation glory”
Lyrics

“White Riot” by The Clash (1977)
[at 25:28]
*see below for details

 

SOUND BITE:
Donald Trump from his inauguration speech at which it can be argued he blew a dog whistle with his rhetoric to galvanize white nationalists country wide. “Make America Great Again” is itself regarded as a white male patriarchal banner since America has never in its past been devoid of racism and sexism, begging the question, “when was it ever ‘great’?”
The clips are layered over the UK punk classic “White Riot” by The Clash with only the hook separating the 2 Trump clips. The song’s verses have nothing to do with what Trump is saying, instead they express envy for black rage in the face of oppression. The dream of a white riot, for singer Joe Strummer, is for the working class whites in Britain to express their frustration in the streets like other groups do. The hook alone in the context of the 2016 election (as used in this mix) symbolizes the galvanizing of white America in the face of Mexican immigration, the war on Islam, Syrian refugees wanting to come into the country and most importantly Black Lives Matter who’s protests were reported as riots by many news sources. This election would be their riot.
Lyrics

 

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CHAPTER 3 – To The Left To The Left

SONG:
“Survivalism” by Nine Inch Nails (2007)
[at 26:21]
“I got my propaganda
I got revisionism
I got my violence
In hi-def ultra-realism
All a part of this great nation
I got my fist
I got my plan
I got survivalism”

This hook can apply to the far right and left, making it the perfect song to bridge this mix as we transition into exploring the frustrations of progressive liberals. The extremists of each movement tend to live in echo chambers, fueled by a dogmatic view of the US political system. Tea Party to Occupy Wall Street, Alex Jones to Rachel Maddow, Trump to Bernie Sanders; each side is ready for war armed with biased statistics, and in many cases, unsubstantiated reports twisted into weaponized “facts”. Although Trent Reznor as a commentary wrote this song about the Bush administration, it lends itself well to the 2016 election and the subsequent results.
Lyrics

 

SOUND BITES:
Bernie Sanders from his campaign announcement speech (05-26-2015)
[at 29:30]
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders proclaimed his bid for the presidency and garnered nationwide support with his denouncement of growing economic inequality within the US. In this clip he shames the rich for abusing the freedoms of America and the capitalist system without giving back.
watch full speech

Vice interview with Martin Shkreli (2016)
Hedge fund manager Martin Shkreli became the face of corporate greed after buying the drug Daraprim and raising the price from $13.50 to $750 per pill. This was the tipping point in a debate over corporate abuse of consumers, namely in pharmaceuticals, a key talking point of progressives and later by Hillary Clinton. Vice News interviewed Shkreli about price gouging and his motivations.
watch full interview

 

SONG:
“Golden parachutes” by Desaparecidos (2015)
[at 30:21]
At the heart of Bernie’s movement is Occupy Wall Street. The movement, which made news in 2011, expressed progressive angst towards bankers and corporate entities that have thrived since the 2008 recession and government/civilian tax funded bailout.
Lyrics

 

SOUND BITES:
Bernie Sanders from 2016 Democratic National Convention
[at 32:21]
A rallying cry that can be viewed as Socialist in nature, it again denounces the top 1% who hold the wealth of the country in hopes of more widespread economic opportunity for all.
watch full speech
music bed: “Bulls On Parade” by Rage Against The Machine (1996)

 

SONGS:
“Guerilla Radio” by Rage Against The Machine (1999)
[at 32:55]
A Progressive call to arms expressing an inherent distrust in the government system as a whole. The movement singer Zach de la Rocha dreamt of pre millennium would not come until 17-years later.
Lyrics

“Disparity By Design” by Rise Against (2011)
[at 35:55]
A popular trope of Alt-Left is that everything is rigged. It’s all by design, a grand plan between elected officials of the world, financial institutes and the uber wealthy. Many of the far left that became Bernie supporters were the type of anti-system protesters you may find stirring things up outside a World Bank conference. Anyone of an extreme philosophy will, in discussion, be fond of conspiracy theories as robust in vague detail and fact as a Rush Limbaugh segment, with the difference being Leftists are for the people first and believe in bottom up, not top down policy. Never the less, Bernie Sanders tapped into those disillusioned outsiders through campaign promises speaking directly to their distrust by painting government and Wall Street as corrupt villains and promising to break up the ring of systemic oppression.
Lyrics

“A People’s History Of The World” by Propagandhi (1996)
[at 35:58]
An ode to democracy.
“I’ll promise you, you promise me
Not to sell each other out
To murderers, to thieves,
Who’ve manufactured our delusion.
That you and me participate
Meaningfully in the process
Of running our own lives.
You can vote however the fuck you want,
But power still calls all the shots.
And, believe it or not,
Even if democracy broke loose,
They’ll just make the economy scream
Until we vote responsibly.”
Lyrics

 

SOUND BITES:
Bernie Sanders, first clip from campaign announcement. second from 2016 DNC speech
[at 41:09]
Bernie Sander’s magic was convincing those that have continuously said voting doesn’t do anything that their vote did matter. Irony being he lost under a fog of DNC misconduct and questionable reporting of polling station misconduct. In the shadow of this loss, it is not shocking to have ultimately seen these vast numbers not show up on election day, and see 1 in 10 who voted for Sanders in the primary vote Trump in November.

NPR – Here’s How Many Bernie Sanders Supporters Ultimately Voted For Trump
also features an ABC News clip with George Stephanopoulos on the night of the 2016 Primary when Sanders lost to Hilary Clinton

 

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CHAPTER 4: Wake Up Call

SONG:
“Holiday” by Green Day (2005)
[at 41:33]
This song was written about disillusionment due to conservative policy during the Bush administration. Holiday = tuning out. In this context it represents the “Berners” taking the results of the primary as proof of their long-standing belief that the system is rigged, regardless of who you vote for.

Lyrics

 

SOUND BITES:
Elizabeth Warren Manchester, New Hampshire speech (10-24-2016)
[at 45:14]
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren speaks at a Hillary Clinton rally in New Hampshire after the Primary. She speaks against Donald Trump’s xenophobic and sexist rhetoric and reminds us that diversity is what makes America stronger.
Lyrics

 

SONG:
“Prayer for the refugee” by Rise Against (2006)
[at 45:42]
One of Trump’s talking points had become the proposition of a travel ban. At the heart of the travel ban talk were the Syrian refugees seeking peace and shelter from devastation that the US was very much a factor in imposing upon them. As European countries like Sweden became overwhelmed with those fleeing the violence, rather than focusing on the humanitarian side, these situations were used as fodder by the right to argue the US’s need to keep people out. Similarly, Mexican families fleeing poverty and cartel violence are in essence refugees seeking asylum and opportunity. The Democratic Party platform is pro-immigration and the debate forced candidates to take hard stances in the debates.
Lyrics

 

SOUND BITES:
Taken from Alex Jones’ Infowars
[at 47:47]
This man on the street segment asked random people in Austin, TX their thoughts on the travel band. The sound bites here condemn the ban as discriminatory and devoid of empathy.
watch full piece

 

SONG:
“Career opportunities” by The Clash (1977)
[at 48:56]
Bernie forced the democratic platform further left to champion free community college and tuition debt reform. This in conjunction with raising the minimum wage and creating jobs would’ve brought greater opportunity to Millennials on down. A 2012 report by The Atlantic claimed that 53% of college graduates were underemployed. This year, a Forbes report looked to debunk the idea of rampant graduate underemployment but merely hypothesized a more optimistic reality through alternative analysis. Regardless of the numbers, the 2016 election cycle proved it is more about how Americans feel in their current situation than about the quantifiable rise in employment and economic improvement.
Lyrics

Forbes – Student Loan Debt In 2017: 1.3 Trillion Crisis

 

SOUND BITES:
Elizabeth Warren Manchester, New Hampshire speech (10-24-2016)
[at 50:36]
“we believe that no one should work full time and live in poverty, and that means raising the minimum wage and we will fight for it.” The fight for a livable wage is a progressive tent pole that factors into the bottom up philosophy of liberals. This is opposed to the conservative belief in trickle down economics.
find out what the living wage is for your city
Bernie Sanders from his campaign announcement speech (05-26-2015)
[at 50:56]
In retrospect it is mind boggling to realize both Sanders and Trump ran on saving the middle class, then look at how divided the supporters of each candidate were. Here, Sanders addresses the perpetually disappearing middle class in America and how median family income is down almost $5,000 from 1999.

 

SONGS:
“Greater Omaha” by Desaparecidos (2002)
[at 51:25]
This song is a commentary on income inequality and our changing landscape in metaphorical and not so metaphorical terms.
Lyrics

“Double Dare Ya” by Bikini Kill (1991)
[at 55:08]
With Hilary winning the Democratic Party’s candidacy it became a source of pride for liberal women who felt it was finally time and a woman’s turn to run the country. It was a logical assumption in contrast to Trump as the alternative within post Obama America.

This song addresses patriarchy:
“Don’t you talk out of line / don’t go speaking out of your turn / gotta listen to what the man says / time to make his stomach burn / burn, burn, burn, burn”
written in the 1990’s, Bikini Kill was part of the Riot Girl scene that brought women to the front of the traditionally masculine punk culture. Feminism had waned in the 2000s with many women themselves deeming the term outdated and dead. In recent years, “feminism” has become reclaimed and Hillary, to many, was to be the basket in which hopes and dreams were placed. what the DNC did not recognize was that the key laid in championing a candidate who won the trust of their new demographic, instead taking the talking points and giving them to a mainstream candidate who had not won much credibility amongst their new constituency.
Lyrics

Intro leading into Bikini Kill: Poly Styrene of X-Ray Spex “Oh Bondage! Up Yours!” and Helen Reddy “I am woman”
[at 54:52]

 

SOUND BITES:
Elizabeth Warren speech at the Women’s March in Boston (01-21-2017)
[at 57:17]
The Senator praises “the power of women”.
watch full speech

Presidential election debate: Clinton vs. Trump (10-19-2017)
[at 57:37]
in the final Presidential debate of the 2016 election cycle, Hillary spoke about her tax plan and made a sideways comment about Donald Trump. Trump has in the past used tax loopholes to his benefit when filing and Hillary’s comment calls him out. Donald, who is not a stranger to utilizing name-calling and insults, interrupts by saying “Such a nasty woman”. Women nation wide almost instantly repurposed the phrase by embracing it, understanding that being labeled “nasty” and a “bitch” is a common side affect when one asserts herself within a male dominated industry.
watch full clip

Elizabeth Warren Manchester, New Hampshire speech (10-24-2016)
After the final Clinton/Trump debate, Senator Warren proclaims that “nasty women vote” assuming that the ever insulting Trump had polarized yet another group and further diminished his chances of winning. When Election Day came and the results counted the irony was white women ultimately voted for trump 54-43 percent.

Hillary Clinton concession speech (11-09-2017)
[at 58:11]
after Clinton’s loss, the liberal dismay for our system and anger directed at now President Elect Trump was palpable. Ultimately, women’s rights became the banner under which the left became united post election, culminating in the women’s march during inauguration weekend on Saturday, January 21st. The numbers that gathered in major cities nationwide in comparison to those who attended Trump’s inauguration was a mandate that, although he won, he was not “our president.” This marked the launch of “the resistance” that would defy the new Trump administration’s attempts at policy change through marches, demonstrations, letter writing and social media throughout 2017.
watch full speech

 

SONG:
“Rockin’ in the free world” acoustic and studio versions by Neil Young (1989)
[at 58:26]
The always socially conscious Neil Young writes of hardships experienced by many, threats to the ecology and more in a critique of George H.W. Bush’s administration. With all that being said, in contract to the drama unfolding in the Mideast and other places at the time he felt it was better to keep “rocking in the free world”. It’s an optimistic look at the promise of American ideals and freedoms that, despite all adversity, still make this the greatest country in the eyes of many throughout the world.
Lyrics

Interesting side note: Donald Trump used this song as his theme at the beginning of his campaign until Young, a Bernie supporter, told him to stop. Young claims Trump didn’t get permission and that was his reasons for telling him to cease and desist. He later stated he wouldn’t mind Trump using it if he did get permission because “once the music goes out, everybody can use it for anything.”
Rolling Stone – Neil Young: I’m ok with Trump using Rockin In The Free World

 

SOUND BITES:
Chris Matthews taken from Real Time with Bill Maher (sn 15 ep34 11-10-2017)
[at 61:05]
Matthews, with great optimism, urges all motivated and righteous liberals in the US to run for office in 2018, whether “gay, straight, male, female, any ethnic group, trans..” This is after the November 7, 2017 election in which democrats dominated in states where Trump won the previous year. Among the winners included the first Muslim, Trans, Black and Asian candidates to ever be elected to their respective position in those states.

written and compiled by Dominic Painter

 

 

 

 

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ALSO LISTEN TO….

Check out FIGHT MUSIC 1: Pedagogy Of The Oppressed, a mix of socially conscious Hip-Hop from Kendrick Lamar to Public Enemy.

 

 

The project showcases Hip-Hop as still being a “revolutionary tool”, as KRS-One has stated, for disseminating the views of people descendant of the African Diaspora and living within westernized countries, or “colonies”.

 

Themes range from cultural appropriation, police militarization, economic disenfranchisement to the prison industrial complex. Artists featured include the new voices of Kendrick Lamar, Skipp Coon, YG, Vince Staples and J. Cole to veterans such as Dead Prez, Immortal Technique and Public Enemy. Mixed to both entertain and educate, it is a reminder of how far we still need to go as we celebrate the freedoms promised this Independence Day.

 

ABOUT THE TITLE:

 

FIGHT MUSIC: PEDAGOGY OF THE OPPRESSED borrows the title of a 1960’s book written by Paulo Freire which d.painter was exposed to by fellow DJ and educator Merc80. The book explores how to educate oppressed people who have been colonized. A key message is the idea of “praxis”, the marriage of action and knowledge. Music, especially Hip-Hop in the late 80’s and early 90’s, has always proved a key motivator for a generation to take the information spread through the art form and put into action youth movements that made change. With voices like Kendrick Lamar and organizations including Black Lives Matter, we are now seeing a new wave of praxis within the U.S. and this mix hopes to shine a light upon the growing movement.

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