Everyday there are events of police violence, gentrification, war, hate crimes, and the censoring everyone from news casters to the 16 year old with their iPhone camera worldwide, it’s becoming very clear that the revolution will not be televised. But it will be live, and it is our job to stop hiding and start looking, spreading, and realizing that while the mass media feeds us violence in the form of actors fighting and killing 2D bad guys, tells women to cover up and men not to cry, demonizes mental illness, glamorizes what we should fear, and paints us black and white pictures, the world is happening. We need to help each other, country to country, home to home.
A little bit of background about this song:
Chicago born Gil Scott-Heron released this spoken word piece as a song in 1971. This particular version, with the full band, was a B-Side to his single “Home is Where the Hatred is.”