Month: May 2011

Gil Scott-Heron :: Revolutionaries Live Forever

The brother who prophesied that the revolution won’t be televised is no more. Many of us did not believe in his cautionary words. Some of us caricatured the concept of revolution as manifesting in fast cars and expensive elections. Those in Egypt claiming themselves to be revolutionaries even held up signs to proclaim revolution was indeed being televised. Some Iranian protesters claimed revolution was being Twitted. Indeed, during his lifetime, Gil Scott-Heron was ridiculed, neglected and relegated to a hopeless corner. After his passage, he will probably be obliterated from prospective history narratives, as our liberalized society continues to glory itself in post-racial illusions. After all, Gil Scott-Heron was not a gem or an ornament in any literary tradition. In obituaries he will probably be called a Godfather of Rap, but he consciously distanced himself from such tags. Naturally enough, he was neither a millionaire nor a philanthropist. He was not a best-selling poet on New York Times lists either. And certainly he was not counted among Time Magazine’s most influential persons of the century. …

Children

You who surrender your children to the gods Have you wondered about the repercussions? Those that grow with heads bent to authorities How will they conceive of unfettered revolutions?   When will the children question your scriptures Of dangerous myths and needless sanctities? When would they combat your unfounded claims How to break the cycles of plutocratic doctrines?   You who gift your children to miseducation system Have you wondered about lifelong consequences? Those that shape up worldview with falsified histories How will they challenge their status quo semblances?   When will the children demand empowering knowledge Schools where seeds of resistance grow with purpose If parents forbid the young to teach world new values – Of godless society, where folks unite for communistic goals.   Send them to the churches, temples, synagogues or mosques Or feed them to schools, colleges and university halls Wearing uniforms, attending prayers and consuming TV news Yet another cohort of obedient fools abiding by neo-Nazi rules   You who dream for better tomorrows for future generations And yet inculcate …