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A Change Is Gonna Come" is a song by American singer-songwriter Sam Cooke, released on December 22, 1964 by RCA Victor. Produced by Hugo & Luigi and arranged and conducted by René Hall, the song was the B-side to "Shake". The song concerns African-Americans and contains the refrain, "It's been a long time coming, but I know a change is gonna come." The song was inspired by various personal events in Cooke's life, most prominently an event in which he and his entourage were turned away from a whites only motel in Louisiana. Cooke felt compelled to write a song that spoke to his and the struggle of those around him, and he recorded the song for its first release on his final album, Ain't That Good News.

Though only a modest hit for Cooke in comparison with his previous singles, "A Change Is Gonna Come" became an anthem for the American Civil Rights Movement. The song is widely considered Cooke's best composition and has been voted among the best songs ever released by various publications. In 2007, the song was selected for preservation in the Library of Congress, with the National Recording Registry deeming the song "culturally, historically, or aesthetically important."

I'm a big fan of Seal, and in the second link, he performs 'A Change is Gonna Come.' I thought he did a masterful job. (although, nothing can beat the classic) I thought it was worth sharing, and it captures the essence of that time period, when African Americans were treated beneath whites, in terms of civil liberties and equality.

I recently watched the movie, ''12 Years A Slave,'' a true story about a free man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery. It was quite graphic, and more visually explicit than any other film I've seen on the topic of slavery. As I viewed the film, I couldn't fathom what it might be like to be a slave OR slave owner. How horrifying it must have been as a slave, to not be in control of your own destiny, fear for your life on a daily basis, and have no freedom of your own. And how depraved must a man become to own a human being, thinking he has a right to treat it like property? The movie offers a message of hope, to anyone struggling to make sense of adversity, and to see it through. Nothing I have ever been through thus far in my life, no matter how impactful it might have felt at the time to me, will remotely ever match the pain, suffering and horrors that transpired during the time period of slavery.

And yet, racism still exists in the United States, and across the globe. But, we have come a long way. A change did come...but we mustn't become complacent. This type of change can never stop...

It reminds me of this quote...

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." -~ Edmund Burke

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Comment by Michael Penn on October 30, 2014 at 10:21am

I'd say you got it about right, Dee.

Go back to my post starting "you mentioned Zimmerman. Let me explain that one." I left out the details because nobody knows them. The time frame was distorted enough to make this "capture" the desired effect for Zimmerman. It all backfired.

Comment by Deidre on October 30, 2014 at 10:14am

All true what you say, but he violated the neighborhood watch 'laws.' It doesn't extend to becoming a police officer wanna be. That's where he went wrong. Neighborhood watch is about just that, keeping an eye out for potentially criminal behaviors. Not, stalking a kid for a while, antagonizing him into a fight...and then shooting him. That's what happened. There was no reason to follow Martin...

Not advocating what Martin did, but perhaps he was tired of this guy following him. We have no idea what Zimmerman might have said to him--it's his word against a dead person. He most likely antagonized him, and Martin was a tough kid, and said...yea? Ok...let's go.

Zimmerman wouldn't have done shit, had he no gun on him. Meanwhile, the dude is acquitted...and he has been arrested twice for gun related incidents since his trial.

I think finally he has been stripped of his rights to own a gun...I think, that was the last thing I read on it.

Comment by Michael Penn on October 30, 2014 at 10:03am

Remember too that Zimmerman did not officially work for that gated apartment complex community. He was the self appointed Neighborhood Watch. This is another reason that the gated community complex would not "offer money" to the Martin family. The whole idea was to make them look bad.

As for Zimmerman, his life is ruined now also. He will always be remembered for this. Where can he work? Who will hire him? I think he will come to a bad end.

Comment by Michael Penn on October 30, 2014 at 9:53am

Dee, I do agree with you on that. His acquittal was racially motivated just like the comments online about Ferguson, Missouri are so much racially motivated. About 94% and the whites cannot see it. What I was doing in my take on Zimmerman was setting up the events properly so you could see what happened. It all went down wrong coz Martin fought this unknown man who just happened to have a gun. As for the trial and it's outcome, Zimmerman's dad is an important judge. The trial was manipulated too and they played the thug issue without any evidence except troubles at school.

To this day a racist friend of mine says what made it look so bad on Martin's family is that they immediately took a large settlement from the apartment complex. Think a minute. This has to be a lie. Why would the complex offer money and do it so quickly? This racist lie is trying to get you to believe that Martin's death is "all about money." Whites even forgot that Martin is not the only kid to smoke pot and give people the finger on pictures. How would that make him be a person that deserved death at the hands of an over zealous stranger?

Comment by Deidre on October 30, 2014 at 9:36am

His acquittal was racially motivated, that was more my point, Michael. If Martin had been white, Zimmerman would be behind bars. Think we both know it. He was given a jury of no black jurors. Hmmm..............

Comment by Michael Penn on October 30, 2014 at 12:58am

Since you have mentioned Zimmerman, let me explain that one. This man was a self appointed watchman and a cop wanna be. He is not racist but in his zeal to protect the neighborhood and be in good with the cops he chose to follow young Martin. I think the plan was to "get the drop on him" and have Martin there at gunpoint as the cops arrived. The stories and time frame are off enough to validate this theory.

It all backfired. If young Martin is a thug possibly it is a result of his parents divorcing. Now Martin is confronted by a strange white man following him for no reason. I don't think Zimmerman believed Martin would fight him. By the time the gun went off it was all too late.

Comment by Deidre on October 29, 2014 at 9:35pm

Michael, I don't disagree. I think of the George Zimmerman case and others like it, and feel that while we have civil liberties as a matter of law now, provided for everyone in the U.S., there is still tremendous bigotry and racism that still exists. Interestingly, Christianity is the largest religion still, globally--it would stand to reason that if Christianity is supposed to be a religion of love and acceptance, why is there still so much prejudice? :/ Good points, Michael, as always.

Comment by Michael Penn on October 29, 2014 at 8:11pm

I don't believe the change is enough and the same old racism is still there but just disguised. Go online and look at any remarks in the comment section about events in Ferguson, Missouri. The ignorant whites are so stupid they do not see how racist they are.

One reason my wife may have left me is that I did not give her a child. Online I found a mixed marriage where the white father listed "10 things his son could not do." As you read through the list you find a couple that his wife cannot even do. That's because we are more racial than you think. I brought this up to a christian woman once and she thought I was crazy. Her reply was that "there are no races in heaven." If you really believed it you would act as though there are none here right now. We are hypocrites.

Comment by Deidre on October 29, 2014 at 7:35pm

@ Joan, yes, it grieves me to know what slaves went through, and that humans can be so cruel to other humans. But, thankfully...even though it took a long time, a change came...

@ Michael, that's interesting the info you provided. Thanks...

@ Tom, I like that. :)

@ Tom

Comment by tom sarbeck on October 29, 2014 at 12:13pm

And, a variation on the theme,...

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of good is for evil men to do nothing."



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