What strikes me painfully is that President Obama speech in Selma of how his grandfather suffered under occupation and needing papers to move from place to place , and yet he does nothing to help those people. He gives them more money, more bombs, more planes, and without protestation allows them to expand even further. Horrible to see those soldiers beating on that helpless person. How can you not compare that to a stormtrooper? They take insult when you compare it to a nazi mistreating Jews in the 40's.
Dear Marissa is my apology to Marissa Alexander, a black woman who was sentenced in Florida to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot at her abusive husband. Her retrial starts in July, and she is now facing 60 years
"Here [in the US] you’re a person of color so I’m just going to assume you are a criminal, stop you, frisk you, and assume you are doing criminal activity. It was really the same treatment I saw with Palestinians and African refugees."
I honestly had no intention on writing a song based on the trip I took to Palestine and Israel recently as part of a delegation of African-American activists and artists, sponsored by the Carter Center. I’m still having a difficult time processing what I witnessed. I spent much of the trip trying to get my head around how one group of human beings could be so inhumane to another group of human beings. I still can’t understand.
During our trip last week to Palestine and Israel, our delegation of artists and activists, including Dream Hampton, Ferrari Sheppard, Remi Kanazi, Professor Robyn Spencer, and Bill Fletcher Jr. were able to travel to South Tel Aviv to see first hand the organizing being done by the African migrant community.