My wife pointed this video out to me. I think that as art it’s quite beautiful and moving. It’s clearly agitprop and, as such, makes me a bit queasy which is why I haven’t embedded it here.
Here’s what I’d like to think about. The song in the video juxtaposes Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Barack Obama. Am I over-analyzing this or is this a possibly too-true rendering of the history of the African American civil rights movement in the United States over the last 58 years?
Rosa Parks engaged in direct action. Martin Luther King, Jr. engaged both in direct action and in symbolic action. Barack Obama’s election to the presidency, a undeniably great achievement for him, is primarily symbolic for African Americans.