Inner City Blues (Makes Me Wanna Holler) • Marvin Gaye
This song is sad. Not just because of the content of its lyrics tell of a society that is struggling to care for the disenfranchised members of a nation...no, but because this song is over 45 years old...and we are no closer to solving economic disparity than we were in the 1970's.
I grew up believing that a collective is only as strong as the weakest variable. As a nation, the United States can fraudulently tout itself as the greatest nation in the world, but as long as the ghettos in our borders mire in economic despair...we are only lying to ourselves.
What really crushes my soul is that the people in authoritative positions know that the hardships of the inner city exists, but seek out means to punish than to help as a means to assist those of us who need the greatest amount of assistance.
We use militarized police instead of economists to deal with the poor. We build prisons instead of better educational facilities to deal with the poor. The worst has to be though, we use narratives of malice and lacking of concern instead of compassion and empathy in how we discuss the poor.
All of this nonsense makes me angry, the reality of it all makes me disgusted, the lack of progress makes me wanna holler like Marvin.