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RACE, CLASS, AND BALONEY IN THE BIG EASY

MINE EYES HAVE SEEN NO GLORY

Mine eyes have seen no glory in the flood of New Orleans;
Where the weak and poor among us lost their lives and dignity;
My heart cries out in anguish at the misery I've seen;

Whose truth is marching on?
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Whose truth is marching on?

I have watched them wade deaths waters stunned in disbelief;
I have seen them lose their faith and hope and labeled refugees;
I have asked myself this question is this the land of liberty;

Whose truth is marching on?
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Whose truth is marching on?

I have read the fiery gospel writ by God's own hand I'm told;
Do unto the least of these as you'd do unto your own;
What will we tell our children when they ask us what went wrong;

Whose truth is marching on?
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Whose truth is marching on?

We stand on gilded boxes and scream out to the world;
We are the righteous people and this God's golden shore;
But our actions speak out louder than our shouted words;

Whose truth is marching on?
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Whose truth is marching on?

In times of tribulations our people always lend a hand;
With a glory in the giving that transfigures every man;
But what happened to our leaders whose hands our fates are in;

Whose truth is marching on?
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Whose truth is marching on?

Words by Gene Cheek with deepest apologies to Julia W Howe (1861)

Comment Posted By Gene Cheek On 8.11.2005 @ 18:03

Mr. Moran,
I wondered how long it would take the "Blind Bush Boosters" to come to George W's rescue. I am no fan of George W, not before Katrina and certainly not now. For you to say that race and class has nothing to do with the tragedy now taking place on the Gulf Coast, is well, either criminal or your own leanings are so far to the right that most of humanity has fallen from your sight.

Do you for one minute believe that if this same disaster was playing out on Hilton Head or in Palm Beach our country's response would be the same. There would be troops, and government assistance swarming those areas like army ants pulling out the rich and privileged by hand one at a time to make sure they suffered as little as possible.

It's a shame that someone who obviously has so little concern for his fellow man, like you, has a platform to spew the same old rhetoric that we've all been hearing forever. Here's a thought for your narrow mind, go stand in the people of New Orleans’s shoes, go hungry, go without, watch your sister, brother, mother, wife and children die because no one cares about them. Then you can come back to your comfortable home and tell us all that this country did everything it could to help you and your family. Until you've done that, do me a favor, shut up!

Gene Cheek
Author of The Color of Love, A Mothers Choice in the Jim Crow South.

Comment Posted By Gene Cheek On 2.09.2005 @ 09:59


 


 


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