Revolution and its Nature:

How We’ve Misunderstood Societal Change

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The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” is a poem and song by Gil Scott-Heron. Scott-Heron first recorded it for his 1970 album Small Talk at 125th and Lenox, on which he recited the lyrics, accompanied by congas and bongo drums. A re-recorded version, with a full band, was the B-side to Scott-Heron’s first single, “Home Is Where the Hatred Is”, from his album Pieces of a Man (1971). It was also included on his compilation album, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (1974). All these releases were issued on the Flying Dutchman Productions record label.
In January 1967, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. went to Jamaica, far from the telephone, far from the crises roiling America. Back in the U.S., tensions were rising. Congress had passed civil-rights protections after his campaigns in the South. Younger black activists were beginning to question King’s strategy of nonviolence, which had won him a Nobel Peace Prize three years earlier. While at a Jamaican restaurant, King came across a 28-page photographic essay documenting children corched by U.S. military napalm attacks in Vietnam, marking the beginning of his antiwar rhetoric and causing King to catch flack from even his allies. The NAACP’s board of directors unanimously voted that combining the civil rights and antiwar movements was a “serious tactical mistake.”
Kenosha police responded to a 9–1–1 call about a “domestic incident” at approximately 5:11 PM. According to multiple official sources, the female caller referred to Blake as her “boyfriend”, said he was not permitted to be on the premises, and that he’d taken her car keys and was refusing to give them back. Officers attempted to subdue Blake, and two officers used tasers on him. The police union says that Blake was armed with a knife, but officers did not initially see it. The inability to gain compliance and control after using verbal, physical and less-lethal means, the officers drew their firearms and fired.
Kyle Rittenhouse, a 17-year-old from Antioch, Illinois, shot three protesters during multiple confrontations at two locations. He was armed, allegedly illegally, with an AR-15 style rifle and one of the protesters was armed with a handgun.
Clockwise from top left, Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, Yusef Salaam, Korey Wise, Marquis Rodriguez, Jharrel Jerome, Ethan Herisse, Asante Blackk and Caleel Harris

Has America righteously learned to allow children the grace of making mistakes, or is this country’s racially biased roots peeking through the soil?

A moral revolution has long been underway. These are intentional changes to an underlying social moral paradigm, disrupting the social contract of a previous generation.

An author who writes for his future children’s eyes. “Every time we do our best, the world changes just a little” - wise man

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