change gonna come

Every time the United States is coping with widespread rioting sparked by racism and police violence during an economic crisis caused by the near-collapse of the national healthcare system overloaded by an inept and indifferent response to a global pandemic taking place a few months before the most critical presidential election in the history of this nation pitting an essentially decent, good-hearted but bumbling old white man against a malignant, mendacious, ignorant old white man, I am reminded of the words of the Poet Sam Cooke.

A change gonna come.

It has been a long time coming. I don’t know what the change will be, but it’s coming. There’s no guarantee the change will be a good one. But all the same, it’s coming. I’m scared to be very hopeful, I really am. I know the change — even if it’s a good one, even if it’s the change I want — won’t be nearly enough to make everything right. But it’s coming, and it’ll bring some clarity. In a few short months, things will start to get better. Or they’ll start to get much worse. But a change gonna come.

You can’t dodge it. You can’t stop it. You can work to make it the change you want, but it’s coming. You can organize, you can protest, you can sit at home and binge watch television, you can throw stones, you can vote, you can wear a mask, you can ignore science, you can pray to any entity you can believe in, you can burn the motherfucker down, you can donate money, you can buy a t-shirt with a slogan on it, you can bake bread, you can call names, you can close your eyes and hope it all goes away, but it won’t. You know it won’t. You know it won’t.

Change gonna come.

7 thoughts on “change gonna come

  1. I’m sure MLK would be right there in that Target with his cart getting his free shit too had he been alive today. Disgraceful, anyone who supports this crap.

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    • I agree it’s disgraceful — but I suspect we have different notions on what constitutes ‘this crap’. To me, ‘this crap’ is how easily police officers can escape any responsibility for excessive force against black folks. To me, ‘this crap’ is white supremacists and boogaloo bois infiltrating peaceful protests and inciting violence. To me, ‘this crap’ is how the police departments that invested heavily in military gear are fighting with protesters and dealing with riots whereas those departments that trained in de-escalation techniques instead aren’t having any violence at all.

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  2. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    We know a change is coming … but we don’t know where we are headed!! … “It has been a long time coming. I don’t know what the change will be, but it’s coming. There’s no guarantee the change will be a good one. But all the same, it’s coming”

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