Monday, June 18, 2007

I am SO excited about our future crop of cultural leaders! Brett Dennen is one of the newer folk/pop musicians that I listen to on my "Coffeehouse" Internet radio station (I wince at the word "coffeehouse"). He's quite talented, but I think he would sell his mother if he could buy a pill that would turn him black. He reserves his admiration for Mumia Abu-Jamal types: Malcolm X probably wouldn't qualify since he didn't kill enough white people. Here's one of Dennen's choice lyrics from "There is So Much More":

"...I wondered how so many could be in so much pain,
While others don't seem to feel a thing,
Then I curse my whiteness and I get so damned depressed,
In a world of suffering why should I be so blessed..."

Don't worry too much, Brett: with young people like you, we white folks will be suffering soon enough.

5 comments:

Russell said...

Poor kid is wracked with guilt. Sounds like he just needs a good old fashioned X-on-white beating at the hands of one of those romanticized not-tainted-by-whiteness groups. Naturally he didn't have the opportunity for this from growing up in lilly-white Oakdale, CA. But I can recommend some choice spots not far away in Oakland where this could be quickly accomplished.

Anonymous said...

He hasn't cut his wrists yet?

Peter said...

Naturally he didn't have the opportunity for this from growing up in lilly-white Oakdale, CA.

According to that link Oakdale's 20% Hispanic. Not what I'd call "lily-white," that's for sure.

Anonymous said...

"According to that link Oakdale's 20% Hispanic. Not what I'd call "lily-white," that's for sure."

15 years ago, when he was growing up, it probable was.

Anonymous said...

I don't do 'white guilt'.