How long have you hated your white teacher? Who told you to love your black preacher? {#RRRR}

Sierra Exif JPEGSomewhere, I wrote about living in Europe for an extended amount of time, What I remember is for my fifth birthday Daddy took me to a European toy store and we picked out my Teddy Bear. It was February and it was warm enough outside for my brothers to play Tug-a-war with my Teddy and Teddy lost his red cap in the mist of their game. So, that would mean the year would have been 1968. We returned to the states later that year, which would likely mean some time in Tennessee.

I remember my uncles, on both sides of the fair ground pretending to be Curtis Mayfield and this is the song they would sing … over and over again they would sing. With the porch draped in four-o-clocks as their only bandstand, they would sing. People Get Ready and Choice Of Colors.

These are and were the radical racial reconciliation messages of Curtis Mayfield, not bound in time.

If you had a choice of color
Which one would you choose my brothers
If there was no day or night
Which would you prefer to be right
How long have you hated your white teacher
Who told you, you love your black preacher
Do you respect your brother’s woman friend
And share with black folks not of kin
People must prove to the people
A better day is coming for you and for me
With just a little bit more education
And love for our nation
Would make a better society

Now some of us would rather cuss and make a fuss
Than to bring about a little trust
But we shall overcome our beliefs someday
If you’ll only listen to what I have to say
And how long have you hated your white teacher
Who told you, you love your black preacher
Can you respect your brother’s woman friend
And share with black folks not of kin
I said now people must prove to the people
A better day is coming for you and for me
With just a little bit more education
And love for our nation
Would make a better society
And if you had a choice of colors
Which one would you choose my brothers?
If there was no day or night
Which would you prefer to be right?
And If you had a choice of colors
Which one would you choose my brothers
If there was no day or night
Which would you prefer to be right?

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