June 4, 2020 - The Eulogy for George Floyd by Reverend Al Sharpton was riveting, as profound and powerful a moment as I can recall. It's been a cascade of powerful moments since May 25th when George was murdered. Locked down with COVID, I and so many have been able to follow the news with much emotion for the loss and for the hope for the real sense for evolution of justice and peace in America, and that is now spreading around the world. Do you want to be part of the uprising? To help?
It brought me back to the intense feelings that brought me to write State of Greed a serious commentary on America's unchecked capitalism, history of patriarchy and racism. Like some of Al Sharpton's words were aimed squarely at the current occupant of the Whitehouse, so too were mine, just like so many others who write songs and create various forms of art in this time of protest for deceit and lies and unspeakable acts. We need to express ourselves. The authoritarian aspirations and the erosion of civil and constitutional rights and freedoms has been apparent long before 2016, but recently the total shock of Charleston in 2015, and with the new and current administration it clearly accelerated with, Colin Kaepernick's disgust over Mario Woods that led to his protest in 2016, then Charlottesville in 2017, followed by Pittsburg 2018, El Paso 2019. Ultimately action on racism by a new generation may be the key to change and progress. I hope so. Here's the Reverend....
Prior commentary on Greed:
March 13, 2019 - FBI Uncovers College Admissions Scam - Lives may have been lost? Inquiry needed?
Because I care about young people losing hope, whether they be from Canada or America, or anywhere in the world, I ask the US Justice system to seriously consider the impact that these 50 indicted individuals (parents, teachers and coaches and their duplicitous children) may have had when the verdicts are handed out. This is a serious moment for America. A national investigation into suicides of young people who have failed their SAT's seems to be a reasonable and rational step to take.
Of course their are more people with money that are probably doing the same thing that have not been caught yet. Jared Cushner's name is on the list in today's news. William H. Macy was apparently in the room with his wife for this scam pitch that she has been indicted for. This is not a partisan issue this is an issue of rich privilege poisoning the American ideal of meritocracy, or better, the human ideal of it.
No more prayers! Action!
College admissions scam rekindles scrutiny of Kushner's Harvard acceptance, $2.5M pledge (link below)