Weekend self-care open thread—This song kills fascists

Weekend self-care open thread—This song kills fascists

This Land Is Your Land

This land is your land, this land is my land

From California to the New York island;

From the red wood forest to the Gulf Stream waters

This land was made for you and Me.



As I was walking that ribbon of highway,

I saw above me that endless skyway:

I saw below me that golden valley:

This land was made for you and me.



I've roamed and rambled and I followed my footsteps

To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts;

And all around me a voice was sounding:

This land was made for you and me.



When the sun came shining, and I was strolling,

And the wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling,

As the fog was lifting a voice was chanting:

This land was made for you and me.



As I went walking I saw a sign there

And on the sign it said "No Trespassing."

But on the other side it didn't say nothing,

That side was made for you and me.



In the shadow of the steeple I saw my people,

By the relief office I seen my people;

As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking

Is this land made for you and me?



Nobody living can ever stop me,

As I go walking that freedom highway;

Nobody living can ever make me turn back

This land was made for you and me.

—Words and music by Woody Guthrie

I was watching a documentary on Woody Guthrie. He went from a vile racist to a champion of racial justice. And of course, he wrote about racist Donald Trump’s racist KKK father Fred Trump.

The last few minutes were taken up by the above video. And his daughter, being interviewed, broke down, about how it seemed like her father wrote this song for the first African American president. I got choked up. Then I wrote this post.

We’re in dark times. But we’ve beaten these bastards before, and we will again. I’m not a pacifist. If I have to, I will kill fascists, to protect those I love, and those who are oppressed.

Take care of yourselves, and those around you.



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