We the people …

Curtis Mayfield, the prolific late Afrikan American singer/songwriter made a lot of groundbreaking music. In the latter part of his brilliant career he had continued his insightful warnings and inspirational messages to the human race and to Black people in particular. In one of his songs he croons plaintively in his emphatic falsetto, “We the people who are darker than blue / are we gonna stand around this town and let what others say come true?” Here he was addressing the ghettorisation and drug culture that was ravaging the urban black communities through-out the United States. But he was also dealing with the systemic anti-black racism that still characterises many communities across the world.

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