Lupe Fiasco‘s song is brilliantly set to this video, which is a perfect metaphor for where we are in the west, how the war on terror has silenced us, how we seem as a public to be mute in the face of the barbarity that continues to be meted out in our name. The spiritual leader is imprisoned, our inner spiritual truth, if we want to picture it as a metaphor. In the face of this, we are gagged, our muteness self-imposed, but Lupe gets on a coach full of passengers gagged into silence and proceeds to speak from his heart.
“I really think the war on terror is a bunch of bullshit”
Can’t fault him there. “911, Building 7, did they really pull it?” Saying the unsayable. “Conspiracy nut-speak” is the gag that stops so many from saying what seems so obvious a question to ask. yet how many in public life, with reputations to protect, dare say such a thing. And then the line that drew me to this song: “Limbaugh is a racist, Glenn Beck is a racist, Gaza strip was getting bombed, Obama didn’t say shit.” This is the line that is sampled on Lowkey’s Obama Nation 2 , and once again, it is hard to deny that he has a point when you listen to and see the evidence.
“I’m a part of the problem, the problem is I’m peaceful.”
But even the peaceful (or perhaps, especially the peaceful) have to be prepared to face violence, and the right of self-defence only the dogmatically pacifist would deny. In the video, Lupe springs himself from jail by busting some karate moves (his father, a former Black Panther, taught him karate as a boy) on the prison guards (who themselves have gags on, even the attack dogs of the nefarious elements of the elite are bound by silence) and freeing the spiritual leader.
Until we can find our collective voice the crimes against humanity will grow unchecked. That collective voice can only take root when individuals voices choose to stand up. It is happening, but we need a quickening of action. No more bullshit. Speak what’s real.