That’s America to me

Because I felt needed to wash my ears out (and maybe my brain) after listening to Michelle Bachmanns ranting about "anti-Americans" in Congress, let me offer another vision of America, Paul Robeson singing "The House I Live In."


(Also available at Remix America, which has some other interesting stuff.)

Here’s a link to donate to El Tinklenberg, who is running against Bachmann.

And I join with Cecily in saying: "Do you hear me? I am a pro-choice East Coast liberal elitist and I am PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN. Stop saying I’m not.
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update:  My mother asked me whether my readers know who Paul Robeson was.  I said I’d ask.  Do you?

9 Responses to “That’s America to me”

  1. ana Says:

    Actually, yes, I DO know who Paul Robeson is, he was an actor, singer, lawyer (I think he had a hard time practicing b/c of his race?) but I probably know that just b/c he’s a native from my state (NJ). I’m pretty sure he was in Showboat (movie or browadway show? I forget). And he knew a ton of languages. Shame that he’s not more well known!

  2. Chris Says:

    “Ol’ Man River” and accusations of Communism is all I have on the tip of my brain.

  3. the other bj Says:

    yes

  4. dave.s. Says:

    um, ‘accusations’? he was a Communist. Here is his tribute to Stalin: http://www.northstarcompass.org/nsc9804/robeson.htm

  5. Amy P Says:

    I was living and teaching in Russia in the initial post-Soviet period, and Robeson was a Communist icon. I think he may have even turned up in the Soviet-published English textbook I had, alongside the short English bios of Lenin and other worthies. I had never heard of him until I lived in Russia.

  6. amy Says:

    Of course I’d heard of Robeson, but that’s because for 20 years I’ve listened to Terry Gross, who wants in her heart of hearts to be a 400-year-old black musician.

  7. liz Says:

    I know! I know!!! But then again, I went to Camp Kinderland for two years. My bunkhouse was Emma Lazerus. The bunkhouse next to mine was Paul Robeson.

  8. Becca Says:

    yes–he was a hero at my grandparents’ house!

  9. Chris Says:

    dave.s. — Don’t get so worked up, dude. As I said, I have only a few facts off the top, those were them. Heaven knows, it’s hard to get overly worked up about *ooooh, scary!* Communists these days. It’s the irrational capitalists I need to worry about, personally.

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