Posted 4 years ago
There is more than music preserved on record. In 1961, Alan Lomax and Guy Carawan collaborated with the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) to record the actual sounds of the civil rights protests in Albany, Georgia (USA). The protests in Albany were possibly the first to bring national attention to the horrors of the Jim Crow apartheid that existed mostly in "the old South".
Not that it has gone away. In October 2016 at an under-reported conference in San Diego, the president of International Association of Chiefs of Police Terrence Cunningham personally apologized for law enforcement's "historical mistreatment of communities of color". This admission may likely go unheeded for another fifty years but it's a start. In the meantime maybe we should consider the plea of Rodney King who asked, "Can't we all just get along?"