16 August 2007

Darfur is so the new black

"Like AIDS before it, the "situation in Darfur" has become the shibboleth one clueless celebrity whispers to another to assure themselves that they aren't shallow and callous. With the exception of a scarce few (Mrs. Brad Pitt, for instance), these blithe young things have no idea of what they speak."

The "situation in Darfur" has become a cocktail party buzzword - can you pass the pigs in a blanket? - most don't realise it actually means: "a fucking bloody Sudanese civil war"

But does it matter?

The argument could be made, as it was last night at the Rip the Runway for Darfur, that that doesn't matter. The argument could also be made that offering free Level vodka for all would draw a crowd anywhere; even a white power rally!

"The words of celebrities carry a dizzying gravitas: If George Clooney says "Save Darfur," the hope is it will trickle down until some slavering acolyte Googles the word. (Darfir? Darfer? Darfour? Darr-4?)"

"The question they keep asking me
how can one so young be so bitter and angry?
well, the answer is plain to see
maybe if they weren't so blind they'd see what i see
i see the homeless livin' out on the street
on every corner they're asking for money
i try to help them whenever i can
but sometimes i can't afford to help myself
i see diseases and modern plagues of our time
the greed of our leaders has made them blind
to our problems
they spend millions overseas,
while people right here are fightin' wars everyday

I see the whites that hate the blacks
blacks against the jews, race against religion
and they're all too blind to see

When we fight each other it puts all of them at ease
it keeps us so busy, so they can do what they please
election time comes and they're out for votes
that's when you see and hear from them the most
this is what they're calling a democracy
that's just another word for hypocrisy
we keep fallin' for the bait
when we realize, it's always too late

I see the whites that hate the blacks
blacks that hate the jews, brother against brother
and they're all to blind to see

As the rich get richer, the poor goin' hungry
i've seen the toll it takes on the workingman's family
education system that's obsolete
can't hold a kid's interest or keep 'em off the street
see a father's fear, hear a mother's cry
what kind of a nation lets their children die
government's corrupt and full of red tape
then you're gonna ask me why i hate?!

Why don't you open up your eyes so you can see
open up your ears so you can hear
take a look around and you will find
take a look around and you will find out why"

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