Monday, February 21, 2005
So it's a holiday today... President's Day, which is usually celebrated every 3rd Monday of February. So who were these guys? Check 'em out right here.
More interesting to me though, is that today is the anniversary of the assassination of Malcom X. Yes, I'm not black, but if you've ever read his autobiography, you'd stop and pause when you think about this: This man was killed because he vocally and unashamedly represented beliefs that were counter to what mainstream, white America wanted to accept.
His death was under pretty suspicious circumstances, as was the deaths of other major civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy. Of course, all the evidence indicting anybody but lone nutcases isn't available... but would the government / authorities want to make it available, hmmm?
I'm reminded of these great lyrics in the song "Wake Up" (heard at the end of the first "The Matrix") by one of my all-time favorite bands, Rage Against the Machine:
Yea, the several federal men
Who pulled schemes on the dream
And put it to an end
Ya better beware
Of retribution with mind war
20/20 visions and murals with metaphors
Networks at work, keepin' people calm
Ya know they murdered X
And tried to blame it on Islam
He turned the power to the have-nots
And then came the shot
Wake up. It's not about black versus white. It's not about Islam versus Christianity. It's not Malcom versus Martin.
It's about justice versus injustice. It's about social progress versus oppression. It's about genuine freedom versus fascism.
I just finished 84, Charing Cross Road (thanks Shiv).
"Asian American X" Various (Thanks Steph)
"The Genesis Question" Hugh Ross (Thanks Chris)
"Anthology of Japanese Literature" Various
"Race Matters" Cornel West
"Democracy Matters" Cornel West
"Kafka on the Shore" Haruki Murakami (haven't bought it... yet)
The booklist is starting to backlog...
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