Wednesday, 17 June 2015

You Got To Go Bother The Man



Detroit Red was the nickname that El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, better known as Malcom X acquired when he was a hustler on the streets of Harlem,. A profession that led him to prison where he re-educated himself and became the political activist that he is remembered as these days.

This record was released by Fold to highlight the brutality that young black men in the USA still face at the hands of what appears to be an "institutionally racist" police and criminal justice system 50 years after the death of Malcolm X. In some parts of America things seem to have regressed rather than improved.

This track is not for download as a few copies of the very limited single are still available here and  the track is also available for  download at a very reasonable price of £0.59. The other side of the single is pretty damned good as well.

Fold - Detroit Red

6 comments:

Walter said...

Wow - what a pretty good song indeed, Drew. Thanks for introducing. And as you said: Things turning backward in the Southern states of America.

charity chic said...

Not just the Southern states Walter - Detroit, Baltimore, Washington, etc,etc

Swiss Adam said...

Good post Drew. Good song too.

Brian said...

Cameras on phones have changed everything. It is my belief that at least eight out of 10 police officers are doing their jobs and doing it well. The bad apples better learn they are being watched. It is time for body cams for all police officers. This doesn't address the larger societal problems, but in the short term it would be nice to know if confronted by law enforcement you have a chance of surviving the ordeal. Behavior improves when you know you are being recorded. Thank you for your time. Back to you, Drew.

drew said...

You may be right Brian and I hope you are that it is a minority but that is not the perception over here where we only seem to see and hear of killings or injuries in custody and of course that;'s what makes the news. In the UK we can't be complacent about this either.

Brian said...

Well, I won't argue with you there. Recent news cycles have been difficult to watch.