Black Boys on Mopeds (1990) // Bang Bang (2001)

Black Lives Matter. If I need to explain this to you its best that we part ways now because I'm too fucking exhausted to explain something so obvious.
  1. Sinead O'Connor's "Black Boys On Mopeds"
    Tribute/dedication to Colin Roach who died in 1983 England at a police station where requests for a public inquiry were denied. It was ruled a suicide despite conflicting coroners report.
  2. Hearing this song at 10 years old was the first time I was aware of racial disparities beyond my own personal experience
  3. What a quaint way of learning this if one must learn.
    One must.
  4. I didn't know then how dangerous it was to be black.
  5. I would learn.
  6. I would hear about it in music.
  7. I would be told by those who lived it how dangerous it was to be a black teenager and man.
  8. I would see it in my community as a teenager where the police presence was and still is disproportionate
  9. Le Tigre - "Bang Bang"
    References Patrick Doorsman and Amadou Diallo with news excerpts. And a count to 41 for the number of shots fired at Diallo for reaching for his wallet
  10. At 21 I was angrier. This song wasn't aesthetically pleasing. It was intentionally raw and confrontational.
  11. Not only in New York or Compton.
  12. I now see how dangerous it is to be black on my screen. Every screen. And so do you.
  13. You can look away. I do. But it's still happening. It will keep happening.
  14. I've had enough.
  15. These songs are meant to highlight personal moments that changed my understanding of race and how it was to feel sad and angry. And now these emotions are too familiar and futile.
    I don't want movement/protest songs anymore. I want more. I want mobilization. I want more. I want you to feel safe in your cars, walking, standing, sitting, with your hands up, with your hands to your side, with your hands complying, with you having a voice, with you questioning, with you being black.
  16. Enough.