Saturday, May 28, 2011

Standing on your shoulders.



"You will not be able to stay home, brother.
You will not be able to plug in, turn on and cop out.
You will not be able to lose yourself on skag and skip,
Skip out for beer during commercials,
Because the revolution will not be televised.

The revolution will not be televised.
The revolution will not be brought to you by Xerox
In 4 parts without commercial interruptions.
The revolution will not show you pictures of Nixon
blowing a bugle and leading a charge by John
Mitchell, General Abrams and Spiro Agnew to eat
hog maws confiscated from a Harlem sanctuary.
The revolution will not be televised.

The revolution will not be brought to you by the
Schaefer Award Theatre and will not star Natalie
Woods and Steve McQueen or Bullwinkle and Julia.
The revolution will not give your mouth sex appeal.
The revolution will not get rid of the nubs.
The revolution will not make you look five pounds
thinner, because the revolution will not be televised, Brother.

There will be no pictures of you and Willie May
pushing that shopping cart down the block on the dead run,
or trying to slide that color television into a stolen ambulance.
NBC will not be able predict the winner at 8:32
or report from 29 districts.
The revolution will not be televised.

There will be no pictures of pigs shooting down
brothers in the instant replay.
There will be no pictures of pigs shooting down
brothers in the instant replay.
There will be no pictures of Whitney Young being
run out of Harlem on a rail with a brand new process.
There will be no slow motion or still life of Roy
Wilkens strolling through Watts in a Red, Black and
Green liberation jumpsuit that he had been saving
For just the proper occasion.

Green Acres, The Beverly Hillbillies, and Hooterville
Junction will no longer be so damned relevant, and
women will not care if Dick finally gets down with
Jane on Search for Tomorrow because Black people
will be in the street looking for a brighter day.
The revolution will not be televised.

There will be no highlights on the eleven o'clock
news and no pictures of hairy armed women
liberationists and Jackie Onassis blowing her nose.
The theme song will not be written by Jim Webb,
Francis Scott Key, nor sung by Glen Campbell, Tom
Jones, Johnny Cash, Englebert Humperdink, or the Rare Earth.
The revolution will not be televised.

The revolution will not be right back after a message
bbout a white tornado, white lightning, or white people.
You will not have to worry about a dove in your
bedroom, a tiger in your tank, or the giant in your toilet bowl.
The revolution will not go better with Coke.
The revolution will not fight the germs that may cause bad breath.
The revolution will put you in the driver's seat.

The revolution will not be televised, will not be televised,
will not be televised, will not be televised.
The revolution will be no re-run brothers;
The revolution will be live."




Thanks for getting it started, Gil!



38 comments:

Jazzy said...

Peace go with you Brother Gil.

Anonymous said...

Crack cocaine is a mutha******!

Carolyn Moon (Amina) said...
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Carolyn Moon (Amina) said...

The anthem of our generation. I trust you are now at peace.

GailS said...

I saw Gil at Michigan State (go Spartans!) years ago with Brian Jackson. One of the best concerts I've seen--it was really good. Here's to Gil for telling our stories ...

Jonston said...

"Looking for a way
Got to find a way out of this confusion
Looking for a sign
Point my way home
Let me lay down by a stream
Miles from everything
Rivers of my fathers,
Carry me home"

You've earned it Brother Gil.

Carolyn Moon (Amina) said...

@Jonston...how poignant!

Anonymous said...

Gil was inspirational for Blacks. Unfortunately, the revolution never happened. Today, there are more Blacks out of jobs and in dire straits than ever before.

Gil, you were a great poet and artist. R.I.P.

Slapnuts said...

Nothing more to say.I'm sitin' with a 40oz thinkin' about Gil.He was a true inspiration and a warrior.

Its f*ckin' sad the revolution that our warriors spoke about never happen.It didn't happen because we didn't have the heart or whitey was able to stop us,the revolution failed because of the whores we call political bruthas sold us out for a seat at the Democrat massa table.

It also sad Gil went out the way he did.We in the black community have to do a better job at taking care of our warriors.


"You will not be able to stay home, brother.
You will not be able to plug in, turn on and cop out.
You will not be able to lose yourself on skag and skip,
Skip out for beer during commercials,
Because the revolution will not be televised.


Amen.....................

Anonymous said...

Oh, you and the 40 oz sure are a good start.

Anonymous said...

can somebody tell me what a 40oz is?

Is it a drug to lose the desire to revolt?

PilotX said...

RIP.

StillaPanther2 said...

Brother Field....Revolution put on hold due to integration. I continue to give more of my leftovers and you be happ(white man formular). Head down and shaking. And please, don't need to hear about what I should be doing. I can/t compete against someone giving you aid from creadle to grave. I was in the forefront of the change...I was there nwhen it was possible to have a revolution. Maybe a "young person" can lament in song about the poor in America revolting against the rich....sigh. Bro Gil will be missed by his fellow Panthers. StillaPanther

Anonymous said...

StillaPanther, i feel ya. the death of Gil brings back the memories and the sadness of a revolution that never happened, and never will. the only hope for "some" Blacks is intermarriage with Whites or Latinos. Going it alone as Black only holds no future except being the brunt of racism by Blacks, Whites and Latinos.

mellaneous said...

thanks Field for giving the brother his due. Gil Scott was a predecesser to modern day Hip Hop formerly referred to as Rap which has lost its political way.

Whoever pointed out that the idea of real revolution got lost with leaders selling the people out to the democratic party and liberal promises, hit the nail on the head.

Gil Scott had it right a deep going structural change is absolutely necessary for the people to have real justice and equality.

Anonymous said...

who is PilotX? is he/she new?

Anonymous said...

mellaneous, "Whoever pointed out that the idea of real revolution got lost with leaders selling the people out to the democratic party and liberal promises, hit the nail on the head."

Blacks don't sell Blacks out. Name one Black who has sold out his/her race. Just what I thought, you can't. But I know plenty of black preachers who stole a lot of money from Blacks and sexually abused a lot of black folks. How about that?

norom

Anonymous said...

Field, that killing under the Girard Ave station is disturbing. Is that a bad part of town where folks frequently are robbed and killed? If I remember correctly 'Years ago' that area was fairly safe.

PilotX said...

who is PilotX? is he/she new?

Not really, been around for bout what a year now?

Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams said...

Mercy and peace.

Anthem said...

The revolution is an involution, and an evolution.
It is meant to overthrow your heart and mind,
To rewire your brain's convolution,
So truth will be easier to find.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

you left us too soon gil

rest in peace sweet prince!

Thrasher said...

I doubt if Gil would have been a part of Obama's inner circle since Gil was a FREE BLACK MAN and Obama has none in his inner circle...

RIP Gil

field negro said...

It's nice to know that I am making this journey with kindred spirits.
Yes, we all appreciated Mr. Heron.

BrotherPanther, on the eve of Memorial Day, let me say again, thank you (and other Vets like you) for your service.

PilotX said...

I think the spirit of GSH was making a joke with the 101st comment on the last thread. Good one bro.

Anonymous said...

Field, fyi. Sarah Palin IS "rolling" with "Rolling Thunder" on Memorial Day.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/29/sarah-palin-motorcycle-_n_868585.html

Anonymous said...

This photo of Palin is much better than the photo in your post may 27, 2011. Clearly, Sarah is a beautiful sexy woman who will be in the running 2012....COUNT ON IT!!!

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Pilot Pitot Pitooty X Said....

Isn't that cute, our little troll goes to airliners.net cause it wants to talk like a real pilot.


And to answer your question, yes.


Isn't that typical. When a frontin brutha gets nailed he tries and flip it as if he wasn't the one who got exposed as an arrogant dumbass. You proved you hear things but truly don't understand them other then pushing the buttons.

I told you once before. I am not a pilot and I did kind of get a chuckle at your inferring that someone would want to "talk just like a pilot" that of course is something a assipe primadonna pilot like you would say. Pilots are nothing more than over glorified taxi drivers. I have hired and fired your kind for the last 35 years. During this time I have met a hell of a lot of nice and stand up type pilots. I have also met a few primadonnas like you who tried to make life difficult for the entire company team. You should see the shock on their face when they found out not only were they legends only in their own mind, they were also quite easily replaceable.

Now if you want to learn how to speak airline management, such as overall cost indicators, performance KPI's and pilot ratings, just let me know and don't forget to "carry your flag" for memorial day. Maybe you should "fly it" instead.

P.S weren't you the pilot who ordered an extra small uniform cap due to the extremely small size of your cranium and contents? If this really is you, then guess what you are a legend.

PilotX said...

"You proved you hear things but truly don't understand them other then pushing the buttons."

It's other THAN. Jeezus, no wonder airlines have such terrible results, dumbassed management. You couldn't pass a sixth grade English exam no less hire or fire anyone. Keep dreaming big son and maybe one day I'll let you see the cockpit and give you some junior pilot wings so you can show your other "special" friends. Maybe one day you can figure out the proper use of YOUR. Ha!

Oh god Field, you gotta weed these jokers out. Ha! Never mind, I like the comedy.

Dr.Queen said...

Anonymous said...
Isn't that typical. When a frontin brutha gets nailed he tries and flip it as if he wasn't the one who got exposed as an arrogant dumbass.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Lemme guess, you're the same dumb ass that didn't know windows 7 could run Java programs too, right?

Yeah, that's an interesting hobbie you have there Goober, trying to
dispell the achievements of Black folks on a blog.

You know if you spent more time actually trying to get an education instead of constantly trying disparage Black folks more educated and successful than you, you may one day be able to have a decent conversation with one of us.

On second thought, there's not that much education in the world when it comes to you Goobers.

PilotX said...

"You know if you spent more time actually trying to get an education instead of constantly trying disparage Black folks more educated and successful than you, you may one day be able to have a decent conversation with one of us."

Exactly Queen, it says it exposed me but how exactly was I exposed? The first troll insinuated that U.S. commercial carriers are somehow less safe due to people of color acting as pilots but a simple check of data proves that is false so that troll tries to move the argument to include international carriers and improperly uses the term "Flagged" carriers. The second anon troll then does a google search of the term and comes up with a aviation centered site that also improperly uses the term and somehow I'm busted as fronting? Give me a fucking break. These imbeciles are unbelievable.

Anonymous said...

PilotX, "It's other THAN. Jeezus, no wonder airlines have such terrible results, dumbassed management. You couldn't pass a sixth grade English exam no less hire or fire anyone."

Uh, PilotX, I think you misspelled "dumbassed". Do you want to correct it so you don't look like a fifth grade 'dumbass'?

PilotX said...

How about the dumbassery of people like this anon.

There fixed it.

Dr.Queen said...

PilotX said...
Exactly Queen, it says it exposed me but how exactly was I exposed?
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

They've been trying to "expose" me since I started posting here 2 years ago. And I knew the moment you started posting here as a Black Pilot, it would happen to you too!

These underpaid, underachieving racists play this game of trying to "expose" you by carefully scanning EVERY thing you post, looking for anything that seems out of place. When that doesn't work, they go the "you must spell everything perfect" route as if miss spelling a word(s) on a blog some how makes your education, career, success, and income disappear.

It shouldn't be a suprise because it's the SAME thing these Goobers are doing to the President, just on a smaller scale.

PilotX said...

Yeah Queen, it's just plain old fashioned racism that they claim doesn't still exist. Sad, the same thing the Tuskegee Airmen went through is still in play. None of them could get jobs as airline pilots because as one major U.S. airline stated "we don't hire no niggers". Notice the Truth guy has that same mentality in 2011 and the other anon wonders why I have to be arrogant. Hell, I have to know twice as much and be twice as good as my white counterparts or all my fellow Black pilots get labled for any mistake I make. You're right, they watch every songle action I make and any fault is magnified as "see, these Blacks aren't qualified". Sickness but as my mom taught my sister and I we have to be Super Black folks just to stay even with the other white guys. But hey as Tupac said it's a white man's world so we have to play by those rules. I guess I have to continue to be the "uppity" negroe simply because I'm good at what I do and have to work damned hard to make sure I am. As Chris Rock said, we'll know we've made it when a Black person can suck as badly as a white person and no one will think anything of it;-)

Carolyn Moon (Amina) said...

@Pilot X...
This response rings true, however, it's a sad state of affairs that
black people can't just be who we are--human beings not super men or women in order function in mainstream society. We run the gamut just like any other racial/ethnic group and frankly given our hx. and the emergence of more overt signs of racism in this country; it's just amazing that many of us have excelled despite the barriers and continue to do so.

I remember reading that Eleanor Roosevelt was an avid supporter of this program. She had no doubt because to become a Tuskegee Airman meant that one could outdo or outshine those who occupied the mainstream flying corps. In fact, I read that the ones that were ruled out or couldn't fly because of quotas could readily excel beyond most airmen. They chose to become mechanics in order to stay with the airmen.

God Bless the Tuskegee Airmen and their legacy.

Pilot X..you have nothing to prove to these naysayers. Believe that!

PilotX said...

"In fact, I read that the ones that were ruled out or couldn't fly because of quotas could readily excel beyond most airmen. They chose to become mechanics in order to stay with the airmen."

That is absolutely true. Many became doctors, engineers and judges after the war because they could not be hired as airline pilots even though the airlines spent money to train young white males who didn't even have commercial pilots licenses. How about THAT for affirmative action. Nothing like serving your country just to be treated like a second class citizen.