Gil Scott-Heron died yesterday. One of my favorite artists, he gave me a little insight on how African-Americans view this country and their place in it. Considered to be one of the forefathers of Rap, he also was a great jazz artist and wordsmith. Although the peak of his career was decades ago, a lot of his songs still ring true, like this one.
Tunisia? Egypt? Wisconsin?! The Middle East is not the only place they're taking to the streets. Teabagger Governor Scott Walker is attempting to cut the wages and break the union of Wisconsin's state employees. To make sure they don't strike, he's willing to bring in the National Guard to "prevent disruptions."
However, some teachers, along with their students, went to the capitol and staged a peaceful protest. How many? Estimates ranged from 13,000 to 30,000. Result? Now Walker and the Republicans are considering some changes.
As for the Middle East, it's interesting to note that people suffering under authoritarian regimes are rising up and toppling those regimes one after another with no involvement from us.
Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot point blank in the head by a gunman who then emptied his gun into the crowd, killing 5 people, including a federal judge and a 9-year-old girl. Giffords was on Sarah Palin's Target List with a crosshairs over her district. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer just signed a law allowing the shooter to carry a concealed weapon without a permit.