1899 – Moments before his trial is to begin, a white mob whips Frank Embree, a black man, over 100 times and hangs him in front of more than 1,000 onlookers in Fayette, Missouri.July 22nd
I’ve been a fan of Michael Franti and his band Spearhead for a while now. His songs have a range of styles with lyrics from the mind of an activist.
When the YouTube algorithm suggested this video today, a smile came to my face after I clicked to play it as I knew right then that I’d found my Photo O’ Day 130.
I love the message and I can hear this being sung as an “anthem” at a rally for social justice. It’s honest and yet hopeful in making a commitment to “making a better day” nonetheless.
That being said, I’m not crazy about the use of the “F” word in it. It’s a word that I try not to use as I think there’s usually a better way to communicate without a harsh word like this one.
And yet, there’s a power and depth of meaning in saying “this world is so f*cked up” which isn’t the same in saying “this world is so messed up” or even “this world is so screwed up.”
I saw that the video was posted on March 30, 2020, so I naturally assumed that it was quickly written/released and part of the “f*cked up-ness” of the world included the devastation of COVID-19.
But, no. You’ll see this live version was released about two years ago.
On Tuesday, his set was of dogs and water, because, well why the heck not?
My three favorite ones:
Yes, the world these days is so f*ucked up.
And yet dogs like these (and the one below who lives in my home) plus so much more within creation makes me never, never give up on it.