The movie is Selma . . .
The song is “Glory” . . .
The speech . . .
“First off, I’d like to thank god that lives in us all. Recently, John and I got to go to Selma and perform “Glory” on the same bridge that Dr. King and the people of the civil rights movement marked on 50 years ago. This bridge was once a landmark of a divided nation, but now is a symbol for change. The spirit of this bridge transcends race, gender, religions, sexual orientation, and social status. The spirit of this bridge connects the kid from the South side of Chicago, dreaming of a better life to those in France standing up for their freedom of expression to the people in Hong Kong protesting for democracy. This bridge was built on hope. Welded with compassion. And elevated by love for all human beings. Thank you.”
“Nina Simone said it’s an artist’s duty to reflect the times in which we live. We wrote this song for a film that was based on events that were 50 years ago, but we say Selma is now, because the struggle for justice is right now. We know that the voting rights, the act that they fought for 50 years ago is being compromised right now in this country today. We know that right now the struggle for freedom and justice is real. We live in the most incarcerated country in the world. There are more black men under correctional control today than were under slavery in 1850. When people are marching with our song, we want to tell you that we are with you, we see you, we love you, and march on. God bless you.”
Their script . . .
The truth . . . from Dr. Thomas Di Lorenzo
Don’t Hold your Breath Waiting for John Legend . . . to call for an end to the government’s war on drugs or its war on the black family (a.k.a. the welfare state). After his musical performdfdfdadsance last night at the academy awards, Legend made a little political speech in which he pointed out that there are now more black men in prison in the U.S. than there were black slaves in the year 1850. The main reason for this is the war on drugs, which has had a dramatic racial (not racist) effect in terms of incarceration. Legend made no mention of this.
None of the tuxedo-wearing, endlessly self-congratulating leftists in Hollywood is likely to call for an end to the war on drugs because it contradicts their core belief that the cause of all this black imprisonment is white racist cops in particular, and racist “white oppressors” in general. What we subsequently need, they will say, is an even bigger welfare state focused more exclusively on the black population as a form of reparations for the past sins of earlier generations.