Photo by Erin Baiano
CourtesyThe New York Times
What is amazing to me is the utter lack of critical listening by Mitt Romney and his campaign. Did anyone involved listen to K'NAAN's powerful lyrics? The following verses don't sound like Romneyspeak to me:
Born to a throne, stronger than RomeA violent prone, poor people zoneBut it's my home, all I have knownWhere I got grown, streets we would roam
Out of the darkness, I came the farthestAmong the hardest survivalLearn from these streets, it can be bleakAccept no defeat, surrender, retreatSo we struggling, fighting to eat.
So many wars, settling scoresBringing us promises, leaving us poorI heard them say 'love is the way''Love is the answer,' that's what they say
But look how they treat us, make us believersWe fight their battles, then they deceive usTry to control us, they couldn't hold us'Cause we just move forward like Buffalo Soldiers
The image of Mitt Romney and his followers moving forward like Buffalo Soldiers is deeply surreal.
I wonder if Mitt is a closeted Bob Marley fan?
|Cabinet card portrait of an African American Buffalo Soldier|
Probably a member of the Ninth U. S. Cavalry band, about 1890.
Courtesy Nebraska Library Archives