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originally posted by: roadgravel
Why must the racist issue be brought up then. I don't think the battle back and forth is getting us anywhere. I wish people would let it go and move on. But I know that's a snowball's chance.
originally posted by: Boadicea
a reply to: Tman2135
It would certainly present a quandary to critics falling back on that spurious logic.
And I think that's the first step in changing the narrative -- and is getting us nowhere. Which, I believe, is by design.
Flip side is that I think those critics will still persist...
Sadly, you're right. Some because that's just all they see... and some because they can't have real solutions and have to keep the pot stirred and the masses angry.
... sort of like the way that Black Conservatives or African-Americans who criticize negative aspects of modern African-American culture are labelled as "not really Black."
Yup. But the political elite has worked hard to divide the Black communities, sucking the government teat dry while pretending to "help" them. Has any one government program done more to divide-and-conquer Black communities and all of us than Affirmative Action? "We'll make some of you winners and keep the rest of you losers!" Of course jealousy and resentment and bitterness would be the result.
I have said and continue to maintain that the greatest tragedy of modern American history is the dissolution of the the once unshakable Black family.
In the past, the African-American community was centered around strong family values with strong ties to the church (usually Baptist but also other denominations) held together by the shared/collective traumatic experience of slavery.
originally posted by: Boadicea
Perspective is everything. "Justifiable" is a subjective term. And what is -- "reality" -- is not necessarily what should be.
If Trump cannot/will not accept her terms, I would hope that Trump would make a counter offer... that's the art of the deal, right?
That is not today's reality as a whole in America, or even just in the South.
Furthermore, justifiable (a word that I did not use, so I don't know why you have it in quotes) --
...is not nearly as subjective as you are claiming.
I do, however, agree that perspective is everything, and many people who would believe that this song is an appropriate metaphor for contemporary America are lacking perspective and living in a bubble-shaped echo chamber.
And "reality" has nothing to do with "what should be," it has to do with what is.
I can recall several incidents of nooses being displayed, though.
No, I don't. For one thing, no one said anything about being "hunted."
Strange Fruit Lyrics Southern trees bear strange fruit
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root
Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees
originally posted by: GodEmperor
He should definitely have her sing that.
It would put into perspective the social injustices of the past, and how nothing the supposed Left complains about today can even compare.
originally posted by: Blaine91555
Instead of just saying no, this person want's to use the Presidential Inauguration to draw attention to themselves and for selfish self-promotion reasons. When an entertainer goes controversial, it's all for show IMO and for purely selfish reasons to make themselves the center of attention.
Trump or anyone else who finds themselves in this position should say no. You don't perform a dirge at a celebration.
Odd how performers consider themselves more important than they really are. In this case trying to steal someone elses thunder from 1939.
The bigger issue is that this is a Presidential Inauguration...
why reopen old wound's?
What's to be gained?