as told by a twenty year-old creative, journalism student from the midwest.
Texts Ask Archive Theme

I wonder why Kanye didn’t say “featuring Gil Scott-Heron”.  Anyway, the poem excerpted throughout “Who Will Survive In America" is actually "Comment #1 (Who Will Survive In America)" by Gil Scott-Heron. Here is the piece in its entirety.

" .. We learned to our amazement the untold tale of scandal, two long centuries buried in a musty vault, hosed down daily with a gagging perfume; America was a bastard, the illegitimate daughter of the Mother Country, whose legs were then spread around the world, and a rapist known as Freedom, Free-Doom; Democracy, Liberty, and Justice were revolutionary code names that preceded the bubbling, bubbling, bubbling, bubbling, bubbling in the Mother Country’s crotch; and Behold! a baby girl was born; Nurtured by slaveholders and Whitey Racist, it grew and grew and grew, screwing indiscriminately everything unplagued by her Madame Mother .. “

"Young, very young, teeny-bopping, revolt-on-weekend young, dig by proxy what a mental ass-kicking they receive, through institutionalized everything, and vomit up slogans to stay out of Vietnam; they seek to hide their relationship with the world’s prostitute, alienating themselves from everything except dirt and money, with long hair, grime, and dope to camo-hide the things that cannot be hidden; They become runaway children, to walk the streets downtown with everyday Black people, sitting on the curb crying because we know that they will go back home with a clear conscience and a college degree; The irony of it all, of course, is when a pale-face SDS motherfucker dares look hurt when I tell him to go find his own revolution; He wonders why I tell him that America’s revolution will not be the melting pot, but the toilet bowl; He is fighting for legalized smoke, a lower voting age, less lip from his generation gap, and fucking in the street; Where is my parallel to that? All I want is a good home and a wife and a children and some food to feed them every night; Back goes Pale Face to basics .. What does Webster say about soul? I say, you silly trite motherfucker; Your great-grandfather tied a ball and chain to my balls and bounced me through a cotton field, while I lived in an un-flushable toilet bowl; and now you want me to help you overthrow what? The only truth that can be delivered to a four-year revolutionary with whole card i.e. skin is this: Fuck up what you can in the name of Piggy Wallace, Dick-less Nixon, and Spiro Agnew; Leave Brother Cleaver and Brother Malcolm alone, please .."

No disrespect, but this is some deep stuff. 

  1. iwillcyainthenextlife reblogged this from ciceflyyest
  2. geraldcash reblogged this from kanyedaily
  3. death-row-records reblogged this from kanyedaily
  4. kimfloppible reblogged this from ciceflyyest
  5. vmvnfu reblogged this from kanyedaily
  6. sevii-islands reblogged this from kanyedaily
  7. affly reblogged this from kanyedaily
  8. supadupaczar reblogged this from kanyedaily
  9. eve-ofdestruction reblogged this from kanyedaily
  10. iman-xo reblogged this from kanyedaily and added:
    RIP Gil Scott-Heron
  11. boredomcreated reblogged this from kanyedaily
  12. aerieivie reblogged this from kanyedaily
  13. kanyedaily reblogged this from ciceflyyest
  14. ciceflyyest posted this