As an observer of my people I am forced to believe that in his final days - Gil Scott-Heron was unable to see the "televised" display of:
- Black people openly debating the permissibility of "Speaking Truth To Power" because our criticism about the Black unemployment rate might cause the President Of The United States to decline in the polls
- "Whitey" using the same missile technology that took him to the moon to be used to direct the cruise missiles and the unmanned drones to bomb Africa. Some type of remote control also has the Black Activist protests against these actions on MUTE
Miami: Spoken Word Poet Gunned Down Outside Of Venue
From The NY Times Article
Yet, along with the work of the Last Poets, a group of black nationalist performance poets who emerged alongside him in the late 1960s and early ’70s, Mr. Scott-Heron established much of the attitude and the stylistic vocabulary that would characterize the socially conscious work of early rap groups like Public Enemy and Boogie Down Productions. And he has remained part of the DNA of hip-hop by being sampled by stars like Kanye West.
“Revolution” established Mr. Scott-Heron as a rising star of the black cultural left, and its cool, biting ridicule of a nation anesthetized by mass media has resonated with the socially disaffected of various stripes — campus activists, media theorists, coffeehouse poets — for four decades. With sharp, sardonic wit and a barrage of pop-culture references, he derided society’s dominating forces as well as the gullibly dominated
Where is the "Spoken Word" crowd of 2011 as they spout lyrical manifestations of the truth they see?