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Azizi African American Protest Slogans & Songs (68* d) RE: African American Protest Slogans & Songs 25 Mar 12

I should also mention that the tweeter feed from which I excerpted examples of chants in Part II of that pancocojams blog post may include examples of Occupy Wall Street chants & songs instead of chants from Million Hoodies marchers' chants.

A number of tweeters alleged that OWS attempted to "co-opt" that Million Hoodies march. One example of that alleged attempt to take over that Million Hoodies march was to chant over official speakers.

A documented chant from that march - "Whose street?/ Our streets." 0 is certainly known to be used by Occupy Wall Street activists. And a chant like "No Justice/ No Peace" could have been used by both groups-if indeed those populations of marchers were different.

For the record (no pun intended), a person who attended that New York City Million Hoodies march indicated that two songs were sung: "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around" and "This Little Light Of Mine". Both of those songs are from African American traditions. However, I saw no mention of singing on any news reports of that march (I only read one tweeter feed). And the only example of singing that I saw on a number of videos of that particular march that I watched was a singing/chant "We are one". My guess is that those songs were sung by a group or groups associated with Occupy Wall Street (in part because I STILL don't see any custom of singing at majority African American protest marches and also because the person tweeting the singing of one of these songs mentioned the singing being accompanied by a guitar. I don't think African Americans carry guitars to protest marches as much as White Americans do :o), and the Occupy Wall Street movement is known to be a mostly a White activist movement (except for certain cities such as Oakland, California). Furthermore, as the above mentioned tweeter feed documents, there have been a number of difficulties with race/racism in the USA Occupy Wall Street movement -but that subject goes beyond the intent of this post.

Btw, I added a hyperlink to this Mudcat thread in a comment that posted in the comment section for Part II of that pancocojams series.

-Azizi Powell

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