Political Mesh & The Power of Music

Noted blogger Dave Winer has endorsed Barak Obama and one key to his analysis is the changing perception about race amongst young people:

The problem for the Clintons is that the country has changed, as recently as the generation that’s now in its early 20s. Because of my experience at Harvard, I know quite a few of them, and I promise you, race doesn’t mean to them what it meant when I was their age. To them, this country is a melting pot where we’ve not only accepted blacks and Hispanics, but people from incredibly far away with incredible complexions, hair, clothes, traditions and names.

Find A Shared Vision, v2.0

I would submit that the key driving force in this transformation/convergence, the single most powerful meshing factor has been music. Dave has been giving tribute to the Music for as long as I can remember but as I’ve noted elsewhere music goes beyond tribute:

Informing and inspiring the open source movement are the African call-and-response traditions, Jazz and the free dance movements which emerged in the 20th Century. Late 20th Century open source strategies include Fluxus, web jams, Wigglism and the international Hip Hop culture.

Wikipedia: Open Source Society and Culture

After Obama’s South Carolina victory, Stevie Wonder’s Signed, Sealed and Delivered was playing in the background. Some of us recalled that the real Clinton told us long ago this day would come:

Tell ’em to make sure they got their James Brown pass
And don’t be surprised if Ali is in the White House
Reverend Ike, Secretary of the Treasure
Richard Pryor, Minister of Education
Stevie Wonder, Secretary of FINE arts
And Miss Aretha Franklin, the First Lady
Are you out there, CC?

Chocolate City

More recently and much closer to the young folk Dave mentioned was Paint The White House Black. There’s a long way to go but it’s good to see people like Dave stepping up and shining a spotlight on what’s really going on. Colors don’t clash – people do.


1 Comment »

  1. lr said

    On a related note see this Obama article in the Atlantic Monthly

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