Archive for July 30th, 2008

I bought John Mellencamp’s new CD today. I was listening to it in my office and Jena, the song Mellencamp released last fall came up… I had forgotten about it.

Hearing the song made me want to see the video again. When I went to YouTube, I found out it was restricted (kinda – you just have to click through) – there’s a message reading:

This video or group may contain content that is inappropriate for some users, as flagged by YouTube’s user community. By clicking “Confirm”, you are agreeing that all videos or groups flagged by the YouTube community will be viewable by this account.

The video does contain images of lynching, and of klan members in their lovely, courageous hoods and robes. I do remember the brouhaha when the song came out last fall. And of course other people wrote about it back in October when it was released.

It’s still quite a powerful song and video.

Oh… I guess there’s pro-lynching music (and movies!) out there too. (Full disclosure – I used to like Toby Keith… till he got all let’s bomb all the foreigners/vigilante justice on me.)

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Today, Wednesday July 30th 2008, black bloggers and other interested bloggers from across America are holding “A Day of Blogging for Justice – Blogging Against Extra-Judicial Electrocution (Tasers).”

The blog Tasered While Black has been tracking the issue of black folks being tased for some time now. Amy Goodman of Democracy Now is tracking the death by taser of a black man in Louisiana. We are blogging today against police and other security entities across America, Canada and around the world involved in Extra-Judicial Electrocution by Tasers. African American Political Pundit has called it a campaign against “on the spot pre-trial electrocution” of members of the public (many who are of African descent).

Also see here for more information.

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