Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The Rosewood Massacre

The Rosewood massacre was a violent, racially motivated conflict that took place during the first week of January 1923 in rural Levy County, Florida. Six blacks and two whites were killed, and the town of Rosewood was abandoned and destroyed during what was characterized as a race riot. Racial disturbances were common during the early 20th century in the United States, reflecting the nation's rapid social changes. Florida had an especially high number of lynchings in the years before the massacre, including a well-publicized incident in December 1922.
Rosewood was a quiet, primarily black, self-sufficient whistle stop on the Seaboard Air Line Railway. Spurred by unsupported accusations that a white woman in nearby Sumner had been beaten and possibly raped by a black drifter, white men from nearby towns lynched a Rosewood resident. When black citizens defended themselves against further attack, several hundred whites combed the countryside hunting for black people, and burned almost every structure in Rosewood. Survivors hid for several days in nearby swamps and were evacuated by train and car to larger towns. Although state and local authorities were aware of the violence, they made no arrests for the activities in Rosewood. The town was abandoned by black residents during the attacks. As of 2009, none have returned.
Although the rioting was widely reported around the country, few official records documented the event. Survivors, their descendants, and the perpetrators remained silent about Rosewood for decades. Sixty years after the rioting, the story of Rosewood was revived in major media when several journalists covered it in the early 1980s. Survivors and their descendants organized to sue the state for having failed to protect them. In 1993 the Florida Legislature commissioned a report on the events. As a result of the findings, Florida became the first U.S. state to compensate survivors and their descendants for damages incurred because of racial violence. The massacre was the subject of a 1997 film directed by John Singleton. In 2004 the state designated the site of Rosewood as a Florida Heritage Landmark.

Monday, August 3, 2009

What Is Straight Edge

Here is the explanation for Straight Edge....

Straight Edge refers to a lifestyle and youth movement that started within the hardcore punk subculture whose adherents make a lifetime commitment to refrain from drinking alcohol, using tobacco products, and taking recreational drugs. The term was coined by the 1980s hardcore punk band Minor Threat in the song "Straight Edge".

The X symbol

The letter X is the most known symbol of straight edge, commonly worn as a marking on the back of both hands, though it can be displayed on other body parts as well. Some followers of straight edge have also incorporated the symbol into clothing and pins. According to a series of interviews by journalist Michael Azerrad, the straight edge "X" can be traced to the Teen Idles' brief U.S. West Coast tour in 1980. The Teen Idles were scheduled to play at San Francisco's Mabuhay Gardens, but when the band arrived, club management discovered that the entire band was under the legal drinking age and therefore should be denied entry to the club. As a compromise, management marked each of the Idles' hands with a large black "X" as a warning to the club's staff not to serve alcohol to the band. Upon returning to Washington, D.C., the band suggested this same system to local clubs as a means to allow teenagers in to see musical performances without being served alcohol. The mark soon became associated with the straight edge lifestyle. In recent years, more music venues and (even dance clubs) have begun adopting this system.
A variation involving a trio of X's (xXx) originated in artwork created by
Minor Threat's drummer, Jeff Nelson, in which he replaced the three stars in the band's hometown Washington, DC flag with X's. The term is sometimes abbreviated by including an X with the abbreviation of the term "straight edge" to give "sXe". By analogy, hardcore punk is sometimes abbreviated to "hXc". The X symbol can be used as a way to signify a band or person is straight edge, by adding the letter to the front and back, for example, the band 'xFilesx'.


William Tsitsos writes that straight edge has gone through three different eras since its creation in 1980.
Associated with punk rock, the early years of the straight edge subculture are now called the old school era.

Old School (1970s and early 1980s)
Straight edge sentiments can be found in songs by the early-1980s band Minor Threat, particularly within their song "Straight Edge".
An additional example of what may be considered a proto-straight-edge song is "Keep It Clean" by first wave English punk band The Vibrators. Singer-songwriter Jonathan Richman's early band The Modern Lovers also made a proto-straight-edge stand in the song "I'm Straight," which rejected drug use and first appeared in the compilation Troublemakers (1980). However, straight edge was most closely associated with punk rock, particularly the faster subgenre of hardcore punk which developed in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and partly characterized by shouting rather than sung vocals. Straight edge people of this early "old school" era often associated with the original punk ideals such as individualism, disdain for work and school, and live-for-the-moment attitudes.
Although straight edge started on the east coast of the United States in Washington D.C. and New York, it quickly spread through the US and Canada. By the 1980s, bands on the west coast of the United States, such as America's Hardcore (A.H.C.), Stalag 13, Justice League and Uniform Choice, were gaining popularity. In the early stages of this subculture’s history, concerts often consisted of non-straight-edge punk bands along with straight edge bands. However, circumstances soon changed and the old school era would eventually be viewed as the time "before the two scenes separated". Old school straight edge bands included: the Washington D.C. bands Minor Threat, State of Alert (S.O.A.), Government Issue and Teen Idles, Reno, Nevada's 7 Seconds, Boston's SSD, DYS and Negative FX, California bands as mentioned above, and New York City bands such as Cause for Alarm and The Abused.

Youth Crew (Mid 1980s)
During the
youth crew era, which started in the mid 1980s, the influence of music on the straight edge scene seemed to be at an all-time high. The new branches of straight edge that came about during this era seemed to originate from ideas presented in songs. Notable youth crew bands included: Gorilla Biscuits, Judge, Bold, Youth of Today, Chain of Strength, 7 Seconds and Slapshot.
Starting in the mid-1980s, the band
Youth of Today became associated with the straight edge movement, and their song "Youth Crew" expressed a desire to unite the scene into a movement. The most identifiable theme that arose during the youth crew era was an association of straight edge with vegetarianism. In 1988, Youth of Today released the song "No More", which initiated this new theme within the subculture. Lead singer Ray Cappo displayed his vegetarian views in the lyrics: "Meat-eating, flesh-eating, think about it. So callous this crime we commit". This began a trend of animal rights and veganism within straight edge that would reach its peak in the 1990s.

By the early 1990s, militant straight edge was a well-known presence in the scene - the term militant meaning someone who is dedicated and outspoken, but also believed to be narrow-minded, judgmental, and potentially violent.
The militant straight edger was characterized by less tolerance for non-straight-edge people, more outward pride in being straight edge, more outspokenness, and the willingness to resort to violence in order to promote clean living.
It was also around this time that veganism would become a major part of the lives of many straight edge individuals and was reflected by bands such as Birthright, Earth Crisis, Path of Resistance and Warcry that promoted militant straight edge and animal rights messages.
In the mid-1990s, a number of bands advocating
social justice, animal liberation, veganism, and straight edge practices displayed a stronger metal influence. Bands from this era include Mouthpiece, Culture, Earth Crisis, Chorus of Disapproval, Undertow and Strife.

After the 1990s, some of the more controversial aspects that surrounded straight edge began to disappear, partly in response to media reports portraying the movement as a type of gang.
In the 2000s, straight edge and non-straight edge bands have played concerts together regularly. Both straight edge and non-straight edge people attend the concerts of such a nature. Some of these new era straight edge bands include Allegiance, Black My Heart, Casey Jones, Champion, Down to Nothing, Embrace Today, Fight Everyone, The First Step, Have Heart, Righteous Jams, Stick to Your Guns, Throwdown, and xTyrantx.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Don't Scream

I hear the shattering sound as I watch blue and red electric lights
Dance franticly in front of my eyes; with a static sound in my ears.
I saw the crimson drip alongside my nose and down to my lips
I taste rust and revenge; something poisonous yet empowering
Then the black veil falls and winter buries itself deep within me
But then again it was a mighty blow…

Now I am infamous amongst Blackened Hearts…
The Beating Unison Of Decay- that longs to steal my breath away
Hear my pleas and cries. But I refuse to scream out loud.

They strike out against a midnight sky weaved from desperate hopes
It’s their sickening noise that reverberates through my savage mind
And as I try to fight the wind; a burning scent assaults my nostrils.
I feel my stomach churn. A gagging feeling sets deep in my throat.
This is all too surreal…

They Taunt And Smirk. They Spit And Claw. They Rape And Defile
“Have you ever woken up in hell? Ever faced the infinite darkness?
Ever had the devil laugh at you? Ever felt his sinister touch?”

The howling and cackling fades- the voices start to drone and wan.
As reality then washes over me like a waterfall- dousing me in relief.
I wake- chilled by my own heated sweat with a scream stuck in my throat
The nightmares always break my resolve- but I’ll never scream.

Bloodstained Conscience

I look down, my hands are covered in...
My own bloody sins
I wait around for my soul to cleanse...
Every memory of what I did
I'm only erasing my own recognition...
This is going to happen again

Painstaking, I spill more blood with each step
The sins I've committed, show themselves etched...
Within myself, my hands are covered in...
My own bloody sins
It doesn't make sense
I've taken the lives of many
And its eating away at mine
I've stolen the lives of many
I think I've finally crossed the line

I feel their blood...
Its spilling from out my wrists
I feel their blood...
How did it come to this?
I feel their blood...
Its spilling from out my wrists
I don't feel mine...
I don't even seem to exist

Slowly fading away
I've taken their lives
Their revenge is to take back
To take mine on this day
I feel their blood...
Its spilling from out my wrists
I don't feel mine
Its spilling from out my wrists

Monday, March 23, 2009

A World Filled With Hate

This world is filled with hate

Hate against life
Hate against your friends
Hate against the rain
Hate against a busdriver
Hate against your teacher
Hate against your parents
Hate against your brothers and sisters
Hate against a difficult game
Hate against your job
Hate against the way you live
Hate against your body
Hate against a withering flower
Hate against a not-working car
Hate against someone hurting you
Hate against a child that doesn't obey
Hate against the cloudy sky
Hate against the death

So much hate in everyone of us
We're filled with it

But only a little dropp of love
In this hate filled world
Could overcome every bit of hate

Count Your Blessings

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