I was reading David's book on
why he switched sides in
the war between Left and Right,
and I was very moved by his life-changing event,
when the Panthers killed his coworker
in Oakland in 1974.
But then I took a Netflix break like
so many citizens do these days and so there was I
hearing Angela's soulful lament to a Swedish reporter
about growing up in
in Birmingham, contending with KKK and Bull Connor
and for me it was like tale of two cities:
Brooklyn and Birmingham.
David grew up communist household in Brooklyn;
Angela grew up black neighborhood in Birmingham.
But then in their diverging odysseys
they both gravitated to other far-ranging places like
(tale of two cities) San Francisco and Oakland,
left and right, black and white, male and female,
gut and theory, feel and think, stare and blink.
One switched sides and the other
Now I'm a white guy in sixties who grew up in the sixties and
I can understand why David switched from radical left to
cuz I be little bit like that myself but not nearly as extreme as
since i grew up in baton rouge, upriver from n'orleans.
That be the deep south you know where magnolias grow
and de moss hang low and de thinkin is slow
lit bit like over in Birmingham where Angela was raised up
'xcept she be black and i be white so I don't know
bout her sitiation, but she did get to study in Paris
at the Sorbonne so what does that tell you bout black folks in
Birmingham or Oakland?
Tale of two cities I guess:
theory and gut
heal and cut