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American Land

whitewashing through "entertainment"
Hello everyone
Before reading any further please, if you have the time for experiment's sake, listen to this song first and forgive me if it turns out i wasted your time
thank you

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjxlRNly3Dw

This is a beautiful RACIST song! I love it! by Bruce Springsteen called American Land!!
I heard it for the first time a few weeks ago and after listening to it once i felt there was something missing...or rather someone...
Maybe i am overreacting, being paranoid or just stupid so i apologize in advance for wasting your time...
I have also tried to tell other people about it but very few paid attention...i mostly got blank looks...
I find this kind of song very dangerous...this is how cultural hegemony is built...how victims are erased from memories...how the unacceptable is made acceptable, how a resisting Palestinian is turned into a terrorist and a colonizing Zionist into a victim or a Mandela into a terrorist and a little Nicaragua into a threat to world peace... how genocides are turned into civilizing and humanitarian missions...simply put, it's about how the world is turned upside down by the rich and powerful through entertainment...

It is supposed to be an "immigrant" song....please read the lyrics bellow...all the people who "built" America are in it....except for....well....those whose land it was built on! Those whose land was stolen to build America....those who were literally exterminated in order to steal their land to build America! THE INDIANS, THE NATIVE AMERICANS!...or whatever you wanna call them at this point and age of racist political correctness! There is not one single word about those people, the Indians, from Bruce Springsteen! The Boss! He is supposedly known for singing songs about the working class. America was built upon bones and blood of millions and millions of Indians! America was built upon a genocide!! Shame on you Bruce!
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lyrics:
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What is this land of America, so many travel there
I'm going now while I'm still young, my darling meet me there
Wish me luck my lovely, I'll send for you when I can
And we'll make our home in the American land

Over there all the woman wear silk and satin to their knees
And children dear, the sweets, I hear, are growing on the trees
Gold comes rushing out the river straight into your hands
If you make your home in the American land*

There's diamonds in the sidewalks, there's gutters lined in song
Dear I hear that beer flows through the faucets all night long
There's treasure for the taking, for any hard working man
Who will make his home in the American land

I docked at Ellis Island in a city of light and spire
I wandered to the valley of red-hot steel and fire
We made the steel that built the cities with the sweat of our two hands
And I made my home in the American land

There's diamonds in the sidewalk, there's gutters lined in song
Dear I hear that beer flows through the faucets all night long
There's treasure for the taking, for any hard working man
Who will make his home in the American land

The McNicholas, the Posalski's, the Smiths, Zerillis too
The Blacks, the Irish, the Italians, the Germans and the Jews
The Puerto Ricans, illegals, the Asians, Arabs miles from home
Come across the water with a fire down below

They died building the railroads, worked to bones and skin
They died in the fields and factories, names scattered in the wind
They died to get here a hundred years ago, they're dyin' now
The hands that built the country were all trying to keep down

There's diamonds in the sidewalk, there's gutters lined in song
Dear I hear that beer flows through the faucets all night long
There's treasure for the taking, for any hard working man
Who will make his home in the American land
Who will make his home in the American land
Who will make his home in the American land
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Brkic Sulejman
3/7/2012

Jimmy mook 04.Jul.2012 17:06

The Italian stalion

I think it's meant to unite people under a common principle. I have no idea how you link this in with zionist colonizers or white settler in South Africa. I mean, I get what you're saying in the abstract. But it's a different time. There was no anti-colonial movements. There was some sympathy for the Native Americans, a pope here and there, a king a Queen, but there wasn't any infusion of cultural liberalism, or liberarianism, or social democracy, or whatever in the political narative to push forth any comprehensive civil rights struggle, or human rights struggle. I mean, for all we think how great we are, you think people are morally reprehensible now, go back 100 years, I mean, crazy and dumb are nothing new, but the ideological resistences to them, kind of are. Zionists should know better. And believe it or not there are sections of the Zionist community that are against settlements and feel that, rightly or wrongly Rabins death is what killed the peace process, whatever. There are Zionists, liberal zionists who believe that Barack Obama should just put his foot down already. It's actually kind of interesting. Naive, but a lot more prevalent than you'd think. And there were workers struggles back in the day, blacks and Irish, Jews were very active in the first 40 years of the civil rights struggle, but this is just some stupid song that again, rightly or wrongly is pushing forth the ideal that we can overcome our racial and ethinc differences by coming together under the belief that "this land is your land and this land is my land." I mean, Woody Guthrie sang songs like this, and he was a pseudo-revolutionary if not outright revolutionary socialist. It's a well meaning song and I don't think it puts forward any sort of racism. It also mentions groups of people who aren't normally involved in this sort of narrative, because lets be honest, there probably weren't too many Arab folk at Coney Island back in the day. The song sucks. But yeah I'd argue against your point.