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audra trower williams
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posted 28 August 2002 08:59 PM      Profile for audra trower williams   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I first learned about Anna Mae Pictou Aquash from the Buffy Sainte Marie song Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee.

[ August 28, 2002: Message edited by: audra estrones ]


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lagatta
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posted 28 August 2002 09:14 PM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I didn't know she was Micmac. Knew she was Canadian, but thought she was a Prairie Gal. More than 25 years later, the searing pain in that song is unabated - it remains as fresh as Strange Fruit and songs of pogroms. Thank you Audra - it will be passed around - and nowadays, that means round the world. I'm sending it to a friend in Brazil tonight. Same shit down there - a bunch of rednecks beat an Amazonian native elder to death, and got a slap on the wrist...

Editing to add: what else have we learned from lyrics? Lots of stuff - "Hurricane" comes to mind.

[ August 28, 2002: Message edited by: lagatta ]


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'lance
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posted 28 August 2002 09:19 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I first learned about what happened to native North Americans when whites arrived from the film and song The Ballad of Crowfoot (scroll down).

Soon after, I read Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, the book, which was in our school library.


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audra trower williams
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posted 29 August 2002 07:49 PM      Profile for audra trower williams   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
You can listen to the song here, if you want.

I've also learned about cool women from Le Tigre's song Hot Topic.


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Trespasser
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posted 30 August 2002 09:42 PM      Profile for Trespasser   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Further... Nina Simone, Backlash Blues

(by Langston Hughes, Nina Simone)

Mr. Backlash, Mr. Backlash
Just who do think I am
You raise my taxes, freeze my wages
And send my son to Vietnam

You give me second class houses
And second class schools
Do you think that alla colored folks
Are just second class fools
Mr. Backlash, I'm gonna leave you
With the backlash blues

When I try to find a job
To earn a little cash
All you got to offer
Is your mean old white backlash
But the world is big
Big and bright and round
And it's full of folks like me
Who are black, yellow, beige and brown
Mr. Backlash, I'm gonna leave you
With the backlash blues

Mr. Backlash, Mr. Backlash
Just what do you think I got to lose
I'm gonna leave you
With the backlash blues
You're the one will have the blues
Not me, just wait and see.


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Trespasser
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posted 30 August 2002 09:52 PM      Profile for Trespasser   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Or Ani DiFranco, Blood in the Boardroom.

quote:
there's men wearing the blood
of the women they love
there's white wearing the blood of the brown
but every woman learns to bleed from the moon
and we bleed to renew life
every time it's cut down

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meades
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posted 30 August 2002 10:19 PM      Profile for meades     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I learned about the Rodney King riots first from Sublime's April 26th, 1992 (I was only 6 years old in 1992, shut up)
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