Saturday, April 7, 2012
Monday, April 2, 2012
This open letter by Sinead O'Conner brings to mind the Letter from a Birmingham Jail written by Martin Luther King in 1963.
A Letter From Sinead O'conner:
I would like to extend my very deepest sympathies to the family and other loved
ones of murdered teenager, Treyvon Martin. I am very sad today (and am certain the
whole of Ireland is) to learn of poor Treyvon's terrifying ordeal and horrified by the
fact his known and named and admitted killer has not been arrested, despite the
crime having taken place a month ago. This is a disgrace to the entire human race.
For those out there who believe black people to be less than pure royalty, let me
inform you of a little known, but scientifically proven, many times over, FACT. Which
after reading, you will hopefully feel both very stupid and very sorry. For you dishonor
your own mothers and grandmothers.
EVERY human being on earth, no matter what their culture, creed, skin colour, or
nationality, shares one gene traceable back to one African woman. Scientists have
named it 'The Eve Gene'. This means ALL of us, even ridiculously stupid, ignorant,
perverted, blaspheming racists are the descendants of one African woman.
One African woman is the mother of all of us. Africa was the first world. You come
from there! Your skin may be 'white'.. because you didn't need it to be black any
more where you lived. But as Curtis Mayfield said.. "You're just the surface of our
dark, deep well". So you're being morons. And God is having the last laugh at your
If you hate black people, its yourself you hate. And the mother who bore you. If you
kill or wish ill on black people, its yourself you kill and wish ill on. As well as the
mother who bore you
When you dishonor the the utter glory and majesty of black people, you lie. Your
heart lies to you and you let it. Despite seeing every day, all your life, how you and
your country would be less than wonderfully functioning and inspiring to the world,
without the manifold and glorious contributions made by the descendants of African
slaves, who did not by the way actually ask to go to America and leave their future
families there to be disrespected for eternity.
What are you doing hating yourself by hating your brothers and sisters who daily
show you nothing but inspiration and love, despite having NOTHING, in their own
country? Despite having barely a chance of anything, because of racism. Despite
being granted no 'permission' for proper self-esteem.
These beautiful people continue to believe in and even manifest Jesus Christ better
than you do. That alone could stand as the greatest reason your racism is
blasphemy, were it not for all the other reasons.
These people you hate and fear ARE the body of Christ, just as we all are. Every
child, woman or man. And they know it. Maybe thats why you cant bear to look at
them. Because you see Jesus Christ and you cant stand the light.
Stop this ridiculous and uneducated attitude. You would be dead without black
people. Think of all the greatest music ever composed. The greatest songs. The
greatest inspirational heroes.. Muhammad Ali, Mandela, Martin Luther King,
Harriet Tubman, Soujourner Truth, Bob Marley, Nina Simone, Curtis Mayfield.
So many absolute angels, sent from God.
Without the inspiration of these people many millions of so-called 'white' people,
including myself would not have had the strength to pay the price of life.
And black youth in America. I'm talking to you here too. I love you. So I don't mean
to sound cross, I'm just being a mother.. Why are you killing each other? Why are
you hating yourselves? You are the most important people God ever sent to this
earth, every man, woman and child among you! Don't let uneducated people win
and take your self-esteem or your esteem for each other, and make you kill each
other. over guns, drugs, bling, or any other nonsense.
You are now entering YOUR version of a sort of civil rights movement and you're
gonna see history being made in what has certainly the profoundest potential to
become THE most wonderful country on earth. Because soon ALL 'isms' and 'ists'
will end. including racism, as the people of the earth begin to understand, we are all
We came from one mother. We are all brothers and sisters. And we CAN get beyond
this ILLUSION of separateness. With prayer and love. It CAN change. It WILL
change. And YOU guys (young people of all kinds) are the ones who are gonna
GENTLY change it. And you know where it starts? With MUSIC.
Don't be guided by rap. Gangsta or otherwise. Sure.. enjoy it.. adore it…as I do.. but
realize this.. rap ain't about your civil or spiritual rights, baby boys and girls. It.. along
with most music nowadays.. is about falsenesses and vanities. Bling, drugs, sex,
guns and people- dissing. Its giving you the message you ain't 'good enough' if you
don't have bling and ting.. and money. Or if you're not what it deems 'sexy'.
(This is true of all popular music not rap alone. I know. Its tragically true of all popular
youth culture the world over).
Poor Curtis Mayfield must be crying all day and night ALL day and night in heaven,
every day and night.. To see what has been so successfully achieved by those who
sent guns, drugs, and bling to squash the civil rights movement. Now you all don't
have to be murdered by racists any more.. you're murdering each other FOR them!
And your parents and grandparents are left crying.
Go back to strong black musical guides who left you information in the 60s and 70s.
when they were living through the civil rights struggle. Curtis Mayfield. The
Impressions. Nina Simone, Mahalia Jackson. Sing back the Holy Spirit ladies and
gentlemen, boys and girls, as those artists did.
Forget bling. Forget "Get Rich Or Die Trying". That is an evil message. Evil my
dears is only life backwards. Turn it the right way up. With music. The messages
American black youth are being given through music are not about the spiritual and
therefore strong and conquering but PEACEFUL making of YOUR country into the
wonderful place it secretly is and can be.. BECAUSE OF YOU, and BY YOU!!
You know not how you are adored, appreciated, valued, loved, cried for,smiled for,
prayed for, all over the world. You know not how much inspiration and uplift-ment of
heart you give to millions just by your presence on earth.
These musical guides will give you self-esteem. When you have self-esteem you can
achieve anything. You can stand in the street as many did yesterday and change
your country peacefully and with song. Chant down Babylon as the Rastas say.
Rastafari will also give you self esteem. Investigate it.
You will notice, my beautiful sons and daughters, when you study, as you must,
footage of all civil rights gatherings, how singing and music and sound and voice and
the Holy Spirit were all employed and were so much part of the energy which moved
things along.. just as running was in the South African gatherings I saw on tv in my
own childhood, which inspired me to survive my own horrors.
What you listen to musically and whether or not you employ the Holy Spirit's highest
will for your life is whats gonna make you transcend all you're having to suffer (the
worst of which is low self-esteem.. or esteem based upon material 'success' or
'sexiness')) as a result of being the descendants of people who didn't ask to be
stolen and leave you where you are. Delete bling. Get conscious with your music.
Demand conscious music from your artists. Go back to the artists who left you proper
This is some serious stuff and we (all manner of musical artists) are too silent on
matters of enormous spiritual importance. Lemme ask you.. Jayzee and Eminem et
al… Why was it always the black people only worked in the post rooms of record
companies, which was always in the basement? Why was it that as each floor went
up the skins got paler till it was practically ghosts at the top? And all us artists.. even
me.. said nothing? Those buildings (record companies) always struck me as being a
microcosm or painting of America, racially speaking. Christ almighty.. if its like that in
the music business how is anything ever going to change?
We, musical artists are too silent on important stuff. And it is our job to be the gatekeepers of truth. ALL the people of this earth must come together eventually and
see that we are one. ALL artists must stand up. Black, white, yellow, green, pink,
polka- dot.. and be a light in these times.
The world is going to shift massively this year.. spiritually speaking. Musical artists
are to be a massive part of that shift. Get up, lets all of us. And light Jah fire.. and
Where's the fire gone from music? Where is the love? the oneness? The knowing
that music CAN and WILL move things in the right spiritual direction without hatred or
violence? We must box clever. Sing the devil to sleep at your feet. Thats what Curtis
teaches. He is the master of ALL musical masters. forget, forget, forget and forget
again bling and guns and drugs and the worship of fame and money. Its time to
wake up. We KNOW the power of music. Why aren't we using it to change anything
Musicians all over the world should now gently demand this child's killer be arrested
immediately and the family of Treyvon Martin be immediately apologized to upon
bended knee. Frankly… I myself would like an apology! America is a country I love
and adore. what this man has done is un-American in the most horrific extreme.
Him not being arrested is extremely embarrassing and does absolutely NOT paint
the true picture of of a country and a people who for the 90% majority are the
kindest, most loving, intelligent, and wonderful people you could know.
Please.. ALL Americans should deplore this crime. As should ALL people of ALL
nations. And deplore the fact this man has not been arrested. All Irish people should
do the same. And I ask that we here in Ireland should express through our American
embassy that we would like to see this man arrested this very minute. Because
racism is not acceptable. Nor is vigilantism. And this was very clearly in no way at all
a case of self-defense. The child was un armed. I know not if he was misbehaving.
But a 17 year old un armed child misbehaving, whether he was or not, does not
deserve to be shot dead.
I leave you with some lyrics of Curtis Mayfield's which I feel are appropriate for this
situation. I am certain Curtis would have wanted to contribute to discussion on the
issue of Treyvon's murder and the condition of young black people in America
today.. so here goes…. the song is called This Is My Country.. from the album of the
Some people think we don't have the right
to say its my country
before they give in
they'd rather fuss and fight
than say its my country
I've paid three hundred years or more
of slave-driving sweat and welts on my back
This is my country
Too many have died in protecting my pride
for me to go second class
We've survived a hard blow and I want you to know
that you must face us at last
And I know you will give consideration
shall we perish unjust or live equal as a nation?
This is my country