Article: Kevin Heffernan
Cover Photo: Josh Johnson
Fourth of July for everyone
Patriotism comes in many forms. We won’t waste time talking about what patriotism is not… but we will talk about what it is: Standing up for your neighbors, friends, coworkers, family, and complete strangers who are not being treated equally by society or the law because of their skin color, religion, gender, sexuality, country of origin, or income level. Today, it can be difficult to take those stands every day, and many of us need some music to turn to for motivation.
I found the latest, and maybe the last album from Tribe Called Quest as a galvanizing force:
At the same time, I turned back to the music that helped me deal with rage 14 years ago with Taking Back Sunday:
While asking around about who were the Bob Dylan’s, the Rage Against the Machine’s, the N.W.A’s, and the Nina Simone’s of today, we found out that many of these names remain so relevant today for our peers.
We asked community activists, those working directly with and for people who would benefit from social upheaval, and local artists what their go-to motivation to resist the establishment albums are: