To me there seemed this perfect confluence of events between the uprising in Tunisia and our commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Dr. King led a march on Washington for jobs and freedom. The people of Tunisia have awoken their collective senses over exactly the same.
Both civil rights movements have their martyr. In King, himself, most notably and in Mohammed Bouazizi, the Tunisian vegetable vendor, harassed by the police for likely selling wares without permit, who lit himself on fire in protest. That is not to imply equivalence. King’s sacrifice and contribution are of an entirely different order.
This song also speaks to racial misperceptions that endure in subtler ways even today and the rising danger of wage and status disparities.
Performed by ipoet. Music produced by pumpkinFoot.
Today’s audio here:Worst Street in Every City