Archive for November 10th, 2008

Duanna Johnson was beaten by police officers in Memphis last June.

Now she is dead.

h/t Pam’s House Blend, where Autumn Sandeen, who posted this story, asks:

I’m trying to keep this all in perspective, but it’s hard. Thousands of people have been marching over Proposition 8 passing in California; who remembers — who marches for — our dead?

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Poem for a Monday

Not Waving but Drowning
Stevie Smith (1957)

Nobody heard him, the dead man,
But still he lay moaning:
I was much further out than you thought
And not waving but drowning.

Poor chap, he always loved larking
And now he’s dead
It must have been too cold for him his heart gave way,
They said.

Oh, no no no, it was too cold always
(Still the dead one lay moaning)
I was much too far out all my life
And not waving but drowning.

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Rest in peace, Mama Africa

Miriam Makeba dies at 76

”I’m not a political singer,” she insisted in an interview with Britain’s Guardian newspaper earlier this year. ”I don’t know what the word means. People think I consciously decided to tell the world what was happening in South Africa. No! I was singing about my life, and in South Africa we always sang about what was happening to us — especially the things that hurt us.”

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