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Forum Post: gil scott-heron - "The New Deal"

Posted 2 years ago on Feb. 16, 2012, 9:40 a.m. EST by flip (7174)
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"The New Deal"

I have believed in my convictions And have been convicted for my beliefs Conned by the constitution And harassed by the police. I've been billed for the bill of rights And been treated like I was wrong. I have become a special amendment For what included me all along. Like "All men are created equal." (No amendment needed here) I've contributed in every field including cotton From Sunset Strip to Washington Square. Back during the non-violent era. I was the only non-violent one. As a matter of fact there was no non-violence 'cause too many rednecks had guns. There seems to have been this pattern That a lot of folks failed to pick up on. But all black leaders who dared stand up Wuz in jail, in the courtroom or gone. Picked up indiscriminately By the shocktroops of discrimination To end up in jails or tied up in trails While dirty tricks soured the nation. I've been hoodwinked by professional hoods. My ego has happened to me. It'll be alright, just keep things cool!" "And take the people off the street. We'll settle all this at the conference table. You just leave everything to me." Which gets me back to my convictions And being convicted for my belief 'cause I believe these smiles in three piece suits with gracious, liberal demeanor took our movement off of the streets and took us to the cleaners In other words, we let up the pressure And that was all part of their plan And every day we allow to slip through our fingers Is playing right into their hands

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[-] 1 points by shadz66 (19985) 2 years ago

@ 'flip' : GR8 Post + Audio of the above ; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TB3_ofkPAkg !! Also 3 Tunes from "Pieces Of A Man" (1971) by GSH [RIP] :

The Man was a Seer and so ahead of his time that maybe the days he envisaged are yet to come ...

spero

[-] 1 points by Pujete (160) from New York, NY 2 years ago

Whitey may be on the moon - but Gil Scott is in heaven for sure.

Thanks for the poetry.