You Think I'ma Sing My Way In? - The Jose Vilson

You Think I’ma Sing My Way In?

by Jose Vilson on September 13, 2010

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2Pac

2Pac probably says everything that needs to be said in this video better than most intellectuals who engage in anacoluthia for the sake of just going above their readers’ heads rather than touching their hearts. Maybe a useful tactic for burgeoning anything is to only apologize when you mean it. Say sorry if you’re really sorry. Otherwise, mean what you’re saying, even if it’s contrary to mainstream opinion. As much as people complain about freedom of speech, it also gives us the right to disagree and protest, even when other forces push us against that ideal.

Spaces where we’re granted permission to voice discontent are sparse, but at some point, we have to stop asking permission. The minute I stopped asking permission is the minute I tasted freedom. I refuse to acquiesce.

You think I’ma sing my way in the door?

Jose

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Jonathan September 13, 2010 at 9:48 pm

I think he’s just wrong. It’s a cute song, with a catchy evolution, but, nn hmm, didn’t happen.

People organized, mobilized asked, demanded, and here and there won concessions, including important ones.

They got disorganized, they demobilized, they enjoyed the bits they’d won, and the next folks watched as those bits were chipped away at, taken away.

So, way cool-sounding interview. But fictional.

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Jose September 13, 2010 at 10:03 pm

I think it’s more than “fiction.” In ways, it’s a metaphor for the approach of the Black community in this country to the police state.

You go from singing and marching as part of the mainstream to straight violence. I think it’s one man’s truth since I consider(ed) 2Pac a well-read man. Yes, it’s not exactly how things went, but I have a hard time disagreeing with this view on things.

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Jonathan September 13, 2010 at 11:42 pm

His “we was asking… we was asking” – no. Ten times no, since he knows it’s not true.

He was selling albums. He was selling an image. But he wasn’t selling change.

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Jose September 19, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Again, I compare the approach of Black America in the 60s – 70s versus very late 80s to 90s. Yes there’s an image to sell record-wise, but who’s to say that his mother, stepfather, and godmother (who you linked to) all didn’t feel the same way? Even Elaine Brown, who I met and spoke to in Syracuse, felt that they didn’t do enough. Many Black scholars believe that the crass and violent approach of people in the hood in the late 80′s – early 90′s came as a result of their “not asking” anymore.

Yes, Pac had an image to sell, but it’s his truth based on his intimate knowledge, and for many of us, it’s not far from our truths either.

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