2nd lynching song

August 7, 2008 § 1 Comment

it is a lil bit off from my normal topix on this gmm, but…i saw this on colbert report and wtf? no seriously. i will not post the video. but this is the world my daughter is growing up in. this is the pop culture that is supposed to represent americana. this is toby keiths second lynching song. how many does he need to prove he is what we all already know what he is. and people wonder why the only country music i listen to i call folk.

Last night, country singer Toby Keith appeared on the Colbert Report to promote his new movie, Beer for My Horses. The movie is based off his song by the same name, which he performed on the show — and whose lyrics promote vigilante-style hangings of anyone considered “wicked” or “evil”:

Grandpappy told my pappy, back in my day, son
A man had to answer for the wicked that he done
Take all the rope in Texas
Find a tall oak tree, round up all of them bad boys
Hang them high in the street for all the people to see

Max Blumenthal notes that in Keith’s “Grandpappy’s” day, “3,437 African-Americans were lynched in the United States, mostly in the heart of Dixie.” Blumenthal also remarks on the racial undertones in the song’s video; the movie trailer depicts a “Mexican guy” who deals drugs and kidnaps Keith’s character’s girlfriend.

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  • Sofia says:

    well, damn. that’s so BAD. that’s so blatant! when I got pregnant, I knew I wanted to keep the little thing, but I just kept thinking, how do I raise a child in 2008? this is one hell of a fucking time to be a kid. I remember growing up in the nineties, listening to TLC singing about condoms and AIDS and feeling like the world was really positive, however naive that was. now I know that every decade has its dirty little secrets, but this era feels almost apocalyptic. and this Toby Keith guy reaffirms that feeling. blargh.

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