This song touches on a lot of different subjects. But most of them branch out from institutionalized racism, a term heard in the 60's by Stokely Carmichael. To me this word runs deep in my veins, as I was unaware of it until I learned the hard way: neo-slavery, neo-racism - we think we have moved past these issues, but by saying "institutional," as I understand: it refers to the fact that it has been so embedded into the system that we don't recognize it anymore, in fact, we even think we are good-doers while subconsciously, continuing to dominate an oppressive role in society.
but i believe a person with sincere intentions, when confronted with a fact, makes an ethical exception
tries to understand it, admits that it exists,
further investigates, educates,
insists – that: by living in our monocultural world- ignoring our residence in this multicultural world. generates a border, a chilling, furious fence -that block us off from the spiritual- spiritual, human experience
sometimes i think my country should be
on comedy central working for free
and they wonder why i don’t salute the lady liberty?
maybe if we’re white or colonized we’d fall for imagery
like that - but that’s all it is, false promises -
pretty pictures published to indoctrinate our kids
VOICE: Institutionalized rascism? How is that our fault?
That’s what i said, I’d never heard of “white privilege”
VOICE: This talk divides us further-
And I claimed to be for unity,
while blindlessly committing oppressive acts through opportunity –
offered to you and me –through the color of our skin –
no longer racist? – check the neighborhood we’re in –
lines of segregation thicker than they’ve ever been –
of course we don’t see race we’re surrounded by our kin.
And if we’ve got some color in our white schools then-
that’s our vindication for our integration.
They say I’m angry. Hell yes I am
if a nation attacked my family
I know I’d sure protect them
I’d arm myself and self defend
What would you do? If it was you
That’s what we’ve done- this separation
So I denied it straight up – come on- you understand ,
Its hard to be proven not egalitarian.
To admit I was wrong, that I’d done it all along,
And i know i’m not alone, cause we’re all that strong,
BUT-we’ve been tricked by the system
==Intricate, Intelligent, inmoral – belligerent
==thinkn that we’ve chosen our lives moral and diligente
==colorblindness when it’s actually divergent…
MICHAEL STONE DISCOURSE
released May 9, 2013
Jim B: Beat
Engineer: Nicolas Guerrero
Pre-mix: Rafael Perez
Mix: Andreas Chipster
Voice and Lyrics: Alexandra Blakely
Master: Aldo Arechar
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