“Us living as we do upside-down. And the new word to have is revolution… The youngsters who were programmed to continue[the] f*** up woke up one night Digging Paul Revere and Nat Turner as the good guys… We learned to our amazement, the untold tale of scandal… 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 bubblin’ bubblin’ bubblin’ bubblin’ bubblin’ in the mother country’s crotch…Who will survive in America?” Gil Scott-Heron, “Comment No. 1” Small Talk at 125th and Lenox, 1970.

BALANCE. HARMONY. RECIPROCITY. I’m about to go Andre the Giant. Why?  I’m so disturbed – actually I’m tee’d off – at these grown folks in DC playing with the survival future of America. Sometimes a person’s ego can be his or her biggest oppressor. And right now it is clear that the egos of the men and women we elected have taken over and turned in on itself, and now feeding on the flesh of the American people. Eww! That sounds gross doesn’t it? It should because it is nasty. In fact it’s sickening to watch the greed of America’s wealthy turn into absolute gluttony. It’s sickening to hear Obama fight to raise a debt ceiling on loans he didn’t necessarily take out. It makes me sick to my stomach to watch this country have just the mere conversation of cutting aid to the least of these; the less fortunate. Not those who sit around and do nothing, but want to collect a check.  But those who get up everyday to make something happen in the lives of their family. The poem above appears most recently on Kanye West’s “Who Will Survive in America” from his latest solo album MBDTF.  At the very end is when you hear the late Gil-Scott Heron’s “Comment No. 1” from Small Talk at 125th & Lenox (1970). In the poem, he asks the question “Who will survive in America?”  This morning Daily Dosers I ask you the same question.

It is a sophisticated method of extortion;  this right wing fight against tax increases. It is making me want to scream bloody murder. Is this what it’s come to? What example are we establishing for our children? This is a country founded upon the principles of honor, courage, and the protection of those who are unemployed or underemployed. Right? So why are quality teachers in school systems around the country being laid off. Mothers and fathers are being kicked off unemployment before they land a job. Recent graduates are struggling to find a job while being evicted from their apartments with no job prospects to match their years of education. Who will survive in America? The revolution in Cairo, Egypt started in part because of the unemployment among the young adults. In the August 8th issue of Time Magazine, an article by Ron Bruder states that “unemployment was the fate of every person [in Cairo].” Is America at that point?

Sometimes I want to scream like Ruby Dee’s character in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing. “Burn it down!! Burn it down,” is what she yelled.

While the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 probably kept us out of the breadlines and on our feet, now we are just surviving. We are waiting for the next moment of hope; for things to get better. Who will survive in America? The rich and famous? The wealthy and not the weak? Who will survive in America? The Tea Party and not the We Party? Who will survive in America? The private schools but not the public schools? Who will survive in America? Those with health insurance oops I mean wealth insurance? I ask again Who. Will. Survive. In. America?

The DDR: I really hope Obama vetoes any plan that continues to exploit the poor to line the pockets of the wealthy.  It’s not about politics. It’s about doing what’s right.  I hope WE will make decisions that stand in direct action against how fast we are going to hell wearing gasoline drawers.  Literally. We have to help each other. If that means the rich has to manage higher taxes, or we have to volunteer at a pantry or homeless shelter once a week, then that is what we have to do. If we have to create a business to help each other or lend our consulting skills to local schools or agencies then let’s get to it. Helping and supporting each other, and revolutionizing change against this spirit of free-DOOM is what it is going to take.

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  1. Addison DeMoss says:

    It can be very stressfull hearing about the current economic difficulties the U.S. is having. What you just discussed about college graduates with degrees and trouble finding jobs makes me a little depressed. It feels as if the people wanting to better themselves, learn a specific skill and make contributions are the ones who suffer the most. Its hard enough to deal with loans after graduating, but include unemployment? Its like an invisible black hole that sucks people in without warning. What I have learned is that you must make the best out of your given situation. Times will get rough and as a college student it is my responsibility to educate myself, form strong networks/bonds with my peers, professors, and other noteworthy people, and use all the resources that are available to me so that I can have a good foundation to begin my adult life. Even then nothing is that simple and I may still encounter hardships. All I can do is handle what is in my control and persevere.

  2. Peace and much Love!

    Greetings Dr. Joyce, I pray ALL is well!
    Thanks for this excellent article, I’m postin’ it on my FB page!
    As we witness what appears to be the fallin’ of America, Hiphoppas should have NO fear; WE got next! Keep teachin’ TRUE Hip Hop Kulture to the people, Word!

  3. Gwen Rogers says:

    Who will survive in America indeed?! Both sides are playing ping pong with the socioeconomic future of this country. At this point there is little being done to protect the interest of the future of this country, and any immediate remedy will only line the pockets of the “fat cats” anyway.

  4. This is right on time and on point!! Sharing with others ASAP!!

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