“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Did You Know that Blacks Have Their Own National Anthem?

'Black national anthem' stirs controversy for city

9 News
DENVER - Mayor John Hickenlooper's annual State of the City address may get more attention for what wasn't included than what was.

At the start of the event Tuesday morning, City Council President Michael Hancock introduced singer Rene Marie to perform the national anthem.

Instead, she performed the song "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing," which is also known as the "black national anthem."

When she finished, the audience responded with mild applause. The national anthem was never performed.

In the spirit of equal time


  1. I'll take that big band sound, thank you very much.

  2. We'll be making progress in this country when the rappers, black and white, start rapping out The Star Spangled Banner. Till then, I'll take the big band era too.

  3. See if this is what you're thinking of, bob.

    It aint't really rap I'll give it that.

  4. That was back in '69, bob, we've regressed, patrioticly, since that Summer of Love.

    Who'd have thought that, at the time

    Those patriotic days gone by, Woodstock in '69

  5. :)

    Other bluesmen claimed the same power and the same source. Here's what Tommy Johnson told his brother LaDell:

    If you want to learn how to play anything you want to play and learn how to make songs yourself, you take your guitar and you go to where a road crosses that way, where a cross road is. Get there, be sure to get there just a little 'fore twelve o'clock that night so you know you'll be there. You have your guitar and be playing a piece sitting there by yourself. You have to go by yourself and be sitting there playing a piece. A big black man will walk up there and take your guitar, and he'll tune it. And then he'll play a piece and hand it back to you. That's the way I learned how to play anything I want.

    from "Original Sin"

    Tommy Johnson--Canned Heat

  6. Thinking of Hendrix in the summertime, we can't forget Janis in Summertime