Songs dealing with bigotry

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    Songs dealing with bigotry

    The recent ignorant comment by Ted Nugent and Zilla's subsequent thread got me to thinking about songs that address the issue of bigotry. Bigotry can be for any reason, and it's purpose is to single out a group or individual based on perceived differences in order to falsely claim those differences mean we should look down on that group or person. Bigotry is abhorrent to me, but unfortunately it seems to be part of the human condition. Where I come from, my wife was looked down upon in high school simply because of where she lived. Funny thing is, many from her small town (herself included) were among the highest academic achievers in high school. So in order to combat bigotry and narrow-mindedness I will start off with a couple of classics from Cher.

    Half Breed

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0itzW8Siqg

    Gypsys, Tramps, & Thieves

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLTETaWswCY

     

     

     
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    Bob Marley - Buffalo Soldiers, One Love, et al.

     

     
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    Trouble Every Day- Frank Zappa.

    ( look up the lyrics, if you are not familiar).

     
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    Mr. You're a Better Man Than I - The Yardbirds

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgC8iz_ALik

     
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    Down in the Boondocks - Billy Joe Royal

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWw9-iygCfM

     
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    Everyday people - Sly and the family Stone

     http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x12smg_sly-the-family-stone-everyday-peopl_music

    Living for the city - Stevie Wonder

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeMfwUN5z_4

    Brother Louie - Stories 

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-5Y5PX2qHQ

     
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    I'm not purely separating bigotry from racism, but here's what comes to mind quickly:

    Society's Child -- Janis Ian

    Ebony and Ivory --  Wonder/McCartney

    Blowin' in the Wind -- B Dylan

    Signs -- 5 Man Electrical Band 

     
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    Ordinary Love - U2

     
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    Waiting For The Worms - Pink Floyd ... The song refernces several minority groups negatively.

     
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    The Youngbloods - Get Together

    War - Why Can't We Be Friends?

    Pink Floyd - A Great Day For Freedom

    Frank Zappa - Trouble Every Day

    Kanye West - New Slaves

     
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    Southern Man - Neil Young

    Don't Call Me N___r, Wh__y- Sly and the Family Stone

     
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    Love Child - Diana Ross & The Supremes

     
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    Gil Scott Heron - Winter in America

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2zKdIcOV5s

     
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    I posted this before, but I think the Stranglers' song "I feel like a wog" is a brilliant case in point.

    {fyi, "wog" in England refers to people from the Asian subcontinent (India, Pakistan, etc.), and is the exact equivalent of "n1qqer" in the US and elsewhere and, while apparently a commonly used slur in England in the 70s, it's almost non-existent here today, thankfully.}

    I think anyone with an ounce of sense, knows anything about the Stranglers and has heard them discuss the song understands it was obviously facetious.  They soon totally repudiated it and refused to play it from a long time ago because, while they knew their meaning, there are too many stupid, hateful people that didn't and might be encouraged to use the word.

    "I feel like a wog people giving me the eyes
    But I was born here just like y-y-you
    I feel like a wog got all the dirt shitty jobs
    But everybody's got to have something to d-d-do with their time

    I feel like a wog, I don't wanna go home
    I've got a lot of life to run t-t-through
    I feel like a wog, I don't mean you no harm
    Just don't ask me to shine your sh-sh-shoes

    Golly gee, golly gosh
    Don't call me your golly wog
    Golly gee, golly gosh
    Don't call me, don't call me, don't call me
    Don't call me your golly wog

    Well, let me tell you about Pimpo
    We met him down at the After Eight
    He wanted to sell us some limbo
    But we said, "Mister you've just got to wait
    You've got to wait, you've got to wait, you've got to wait"

    He wanted to take us down to Sao Paulo
    But we said mister, we ain't got no friends
    I tried to make him laugh, he didn't get the joke
    And then he said I wasn't right in the head

    And then he made me
    And then he made me
    And then he made me feel

    And then he made me feel like
    And then he made me feel like
    And then he made me feel like
    You know I feel like, you know I feel like
    You know I feel like, you know I feel like a wog

    I feel like a wog people giving me the eyes
    But I was born here just like y-y-you
    I feel like a wog, I don't mean you no harm
    Just don't ask me to shine your sh-sh-shoes

    Golly gee, golly gosh
    Don't call me your golly wog
    Golly gee, golly gosh
    Don't call me, don't call me, don't call me
    Don't call me I'll call you if I want to"

     

     
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    Funny Vibe - Living Colour

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcJpN7HLoO0

     

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