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11. No Place to Breathe

Everything Was Sound
by Silent Planet



 

I saw you stumble out from the social slaughter house, oppressionís progeny, you lift your head and plead for mercy. Rocks began as building blocks until they turned to throwing stones; a monolith of dominance we set atop your plinth of bones.1
This privilege2 is a prism, reflecting our indecision, the iniquities of inhibition,
our indifference gave way to a prison.3 Classes at war,4 castes are born - criminals are sworn in.5
Place your hands to the pulse of this city,6 keep your ear to the ground, hear her gasp, ďI canít breathe, I canít breathe.Ē7
Are we so blind to believe that violence could give birth to peace?8
Lay down our weapons and raise our arms.9 Make every breath a protest in a world where your neighbors cannot breathe. Every second in the shadows,10 lives are stolen in the sun - slowly waking from our apathy to see the fascists have won. They already won - just ask the child in front of the smoking gun.11
Are we so blind to believe that violence could give birth to peace?
Place your hands to the pulse of this city, keep your ear to the ground, hear him gasp, ďI canít breathe, I canít breathe.Ē12
We shout at fascist13 hands fixed on asphyxiating those in need. Place your hands to the pulse of this city, keep your ear to the ground, hear her gasp, ďI canít breathe, I canít breathe.Ē14

Are we so blind to believe that violence could give birth to peace?
Iíve seen the end, the tyrant on his knees.15 Will we starve our need for retribution, or take his eye and all go blind?16,17



Behind the Song:
1 Michel Foulcault, Discipline and Punish
2 Allan G. Johnson, Privilege, Power, and Difference
3 Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow
4 Noam Chomsky, Class Warfare
5 Several past and near-future presidents of the United States of America
6 Blackstar, Respiration ft. Common
7 Eric Garner in Staten Island, NYC on July 17, 2014
8 Matthew 26:52
9 Isaiah 2:4
10 Walter Brueggemann, Out of Babylon
11 Countless children who have been victims of both gang and police shootings, who have been disproportionately ethnic minorities and in lower socioeconomic areas of USA.
12 Hernan Jaramillo in Oakland, CA on July 8, 2013
13 Donald J. Trump
14 Kelly Thomas in Fullerton, CA on July 5, 2011

 

 

 

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