Bambu - “When Will The Time Come?” (Produced by Will Bracy)
Less than four years ago, this song was created in response to Israel’s massacre of Gazan civilians during the “Operation Cast Lead” conflict. It was one of the original songs specifically made for the A Song For Ourselves Mixtape. “When Will The Time Come?” features a sample from the song “Jonathan Jackson” by Chris Iijima, Nobuko Miyamoto, & Charlie Chin. “Jonathan Jackson” was recorded in 1973 as the Vietnam War raged overseas, and paid tribute to George Jackson’s younger brother who died while attempting to free him and the Soledad Brothers. Gaza, Vietnam, Black Panthers - three seemingly separate historic incidences that have a lot more in common than you think. Do your research, study history, and realize that the “bad guys” are different than who you think they are. Today, Gaza civilians are once again dying under Israeli missles, the US is still the main supplier ($$$) of weapons to Israel, and poor Black & Brown Americans still live in second-class citizenship politically, socially, and economically.
“There are those seeking to equate dissent with disloyalty. It’s a dark day in our nation when high level authorities will seek to use every method to silence dissent. Something is happening and people are not going to be silent — the truth must be told. And I say that that those who are seeking to make it appear that anyone who opposes the war in Vietnam is a fool or a traitor or an enemy of our soldiers is a person who has taken a stand against the best in our tradition.”
Although I personally identify with the philosophy of Malcolm X much more than that of MLK’s, he did have a more militant spirit in the later part of his life. Most of us are aware of his “I Have A Dream" speech, which was good for creating a vision to look forward to, but it seems like that’s the only thing our history books choose to focus on.
The U.S. government was fine with MLK saying that we should turn the other cheek, but he became a threat once he started being critical of the war in Vietnam and speaking about in public.