Re: Ordinary Love

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I like U2.

Seriously I do. I think they’re a talented group and they’ve produced some amazing songs over the years.

I also appreciate their commitment to social justice and equal rights.

Your mileage may vary.

I swear I’m not hating. This new song Ordinary Love. I like it. It’s actually a cool track. But there is something seriously unsettling about the fact that the two last awards shows I was essentially forced to watch (F-U Golden Globes and Oscars I hate you both), I saw Nelson Mandela’s legacy (a freedom fighter who took arms to battle oppression) be reduced to essentially a feel-good Kumbaya song for white people and Mandela and for that matter Idris Elba’s portrayal be erased from the equation.

I’m not even blaming U2 for this. I have no reason to believe their intent and actions weren’t sincere but this reaction from society is par for the course when it comes to white supremacy and institutional oppression.

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3 thoughts on “Re: Ordinary Love

  1. i know. i just…

    i was talking to some kids i mentor, just chatting. there were two topics that smacked me in the face. the first was Mandela — these kids [“kids” — a couple are 24-25!] DIDN’T KNOW WHO HE WAS. they’d never talked about him in school.
    so i’m trying to talk about him, give the kids some highlights. i got passionate, i guess.
    and one little brat was all “well, why do YOU care? sure, your man’s black, but you’re Native. nothing ever happened to YOU”
    and i was like “Trail of Tears? i have ANCESTORS who walked that shit. genocide isn’t ever anything to blow off”
    and she was like “Genocide? there’s never been Genocide in the US”

    and i was just DONE

    because before then, the topic? and the first thing that pissed me off, and probably LED to all this, was this particular kid bitching for over an HOUR about the latest Teen Wolf. not at how badly some of it was portrayed, but she was insisting that IT NEVER HAPPENED! that the US never rounded up Japanese-Americans, or Japanese residents, and put them in camps. she said “that COULDN’T happen here. the US isn’t racist, never has been, not since Lincoln got rid of slavery”. and i just — i was just — GAH!
    [then again, this is the girl — she’s only 14, i sometimes wonder if i should cut her some slack, but then she opens her damned mouth — who once said to me “you look white. you’re white, really. so what does it matter? just be white.” like… the way i was treated before i moved to Ohio — where, yeah, most people think i’m ‘white’ but that’s more because i have porphyria and i’ve lost so much melanin that i look almost like i’m albino anymore — didn’t matter, the way i GREW UP spending half my time on the rez didn’t matter, where i CAME FROM didn’t matter. i should just… shut up. i sometimes — okay, OFTEN — wanna smack the brat. mostly because she truly honestly doesn’t get it, and doesn’t get why we get so frustrated with her. sigh anyway. sorry, rant over]

    • aw man that is SUPER rough and also horrifying, denelian,–that kids are being taught this super whitewashed (emphasis on WHITE) saccharine version of history where activists and changemakers like Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nelson Mandela are being reduced to their least radical (and therefore least scary to the status quo and the echelons of privilege) parts.

      And I completely agree with you on U2, Denny; I was expecting Elba to get a helluva lot more recognition in general. ~_~

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