LUMPENPROLETARIAT—And the people sang: Cinco de Mayo!
“Cinco de Mayo” (1981) by War
VOX—[5 MAY 2016] On Thursday, many Americans are celebrating a holiday they likely know almost nothing about.
I’m speaking, of course, of Cinco de Mayo, which is Spanish for May 5. Although the day is supposed to celebrate Mexican heritage, it has become Americanized — that is, hijacked into another excuse to party, eat, and drink, all while getting sweet discounts at some restaurants. (It is so Americanized, in fact, that it’s actually celebrated more in the US than in Mexico.)
The origins of the holiday go back to, as one would expect, Mexican history. But Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day (September 16), as many people believe. It is, instead, a day commemorating an important battle after Mexican independence.
These details might not seem very important. But the origins are an important part of the Mexican heritage many Americans are supposed to be celebrating today — and give some insight into why this uniquely Mexican-American holiday is now celebrated in the US.
Let’s be clear: Mexican Independence Day is September 16, 1810, the beginning of Mexico’s revolt against Spain. It is not Cinco de Mayo.
Cinco de Mayo does, however, have roots in Mexico’s struggle with another European power.
Learn more at VOX.
[5 MAY 2016]
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LUMPENPROLETARIAT—Life outside the green zone, with the march of time, brings deproletarianisation: One hundred workers, but only eighty jobs being offered by the capitalist owners of the means of production. Yesterday, it was ninety. What’s next? Human emancipation or incarceration? The choice is yours, my friends.
In 2012, this classic album from the Southern California hoods, where brown and black lowriders were comrades, was re-released on CD in a 40th anniversary expanded edition with four previously unreleased bonus tracks.
01. The Cisco Kid
02. Where Was You At
03. City, Country, City
04. Four Cornered Room
05. The World Is A Ghetto
06. Beetles In The Bog
Bonus 40th Anniversary edition tracks
07. Freight Train Jam
08. 58 Blues
09. War Is Coming
10. The World Is A Ghetto (rehearsal take)
“The World Is a Ghetto” by War (1972, 2012)
“I knew we met each other this morning for a reason
Thinking, talking, we’ve worked out our problems
Looked like we should have better days in front
Just because we took our time to think and talk
For a much better understanding
As I sit in my four cornered room…
As we sit here in my four cornered room
I can feel all y’all’s deepest emotions
I know I can’t talk right
But I’m feeling something in the depths of my soul
I can understand where you’re coming from
Y’all coming from my four cornered room
That four cornered room, y’all”
—from “Four Cornered Room” by War [Songwriters: HAROLD BROWN (b. 1946), SYLVESTER ALLEN, MORRIS “B.B.” DICKERSON (b. 1949), LEROY L. JORDAN (b. 1948), HOWARD E. SCOTT (b. 1946), LEE OSKAR (b. 1948), CHARLES W. MILLER (1939-1980)]
[image “War The World Is a Ghetto” by Source. Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia.]
[26 APR 2015]
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