Big Bill Broonzy – 1956 – Just A Dream, Louisiana Blues. Willie Mae, Black Brown And White

Big Bill Broonzy (26 June 1898 — 15 August 1958) was a prolific American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist. His career began in the 1920s when he playe…

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Big Bill Broonzy – Just A Dream (On My Mind).wmv

Despite years of research, the details of William Lee Conley Broonzy’s birth date remain problematic. He may have been born on 26 June 1893 – the date of bir…

When are we going to get over it? For much of the last forty years, ever since America “fixed” its race problem in the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts, we white people have been impatient with African Americans who continued to blame race for their difficulties. Often we have heard whites ask, “When are African Americans finally going to get over it? Now I want to ask: “When are we White Americans going to get over our ridiculous obsession with skin color? Recent reports that “Election Spurs Hundreds’ of Race Threats, Crimes” should frighten and infuriate every one of us. Having grown up in “Bombingham,” Alabama in the 1960s, I remember overhearing an avalanche of comments about what many white classmates and their parents wanted to do to John and Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King. Eventually, as you may recall, in all three cases, someone decided to do more than “talk the talk.” Since our recent presidential election, to our eternal shame we are once again hearing the same reprehensible talk I remember from my boyhood. We white people have controlled political life in the disunited colonies and United States for some 400 years on this continent. Conservative whites have been in power 28 of the last 40 years. Even during the eight Clinton years, conservatives in Congress blocked most of his agenda and pulled him to the right. Yet never in that period did I read any headlines suggesting that anyone was calling for the assassinations of presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan, or either of the Bushes. Criticize them, yes. Call for their impeachment, perhaps. But there were no bounties on their heads. And even when someone did try to kill Ronald Reagan, the perpetrator was non-political mental case who wanted merely to impress Jody Foster. But elect a liberal who happens to be Black and we’re back in the sixties again. At this point in our history, we should be proud that we’ve proven what conservatives are always saying — that in America anything is possible, EVEN electing a black man as president. But instead we now hear that school children from Maine to California are talking about wanting to “assassinate Obama.” Fighting the urge to throw up, I can only ask, “How long?” How long before we white people realize we can’t make our nation, much less the whole world, look like us? How long until we white people can – once and for all – get over this hell-conceived preoccupation with skin color? How long until we white people get over the demonic conviction that white skin makes us superior? How long before we white people get over our bitter resentments about being demoted to the status of equality with non-whites? How long before we get over our expectations that we should be at the head of the line merely because of our white skin? How long until we white people end our silence and call out our peers when they share the latest racist jokes in the privacy of our white-only conversations? I believe in free speech, but how long until we white people start making racist loudmouths as socially uncomfortable as we do flag burners? How long until we white people will stop insisting that blacks exercise personal responsibility, build strong families, educate themselves enough to edit the Harvard Law Review, and work hard enough to become President of the United States, only to threaten to assassinate them when they do? How long before we start “living out the true meaning” of our creeds, both civil and religious, that all men and women are created equal and that “red and yellow, black and white” all are precious in God’s sight? Until this past November 4, I didn’t believe this country would ever elect an African American to the presidency. I still don’t believe I’ll live long enough to see us white people get over our racism problem. But here’s my three-point plan: First, everyday that Barack Obama lives in the White House that Black Slaves Built, I’m going to pray that God (and the Secret Service) will protect him and his family from us white people. Second, I’m going to report to the FBI any white person I overhear saying, in seriousness or in jest, anything of a threatening nature about President Obama. Third, I’m going to pray to live long enough to see America surprise the world once again, when

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Jesus man. How heavy is that chip you carry around on your shoulder? Race is brought up on an almost daily basis by the left. They are obsessed with race and sex. THEY are the ones who will not let it die, will not let people see and treat each other as just people no matter what their skin color.Treating each other as people also includes disagreement over issues and race has NOTHING to do with it. Jimmy Carter opens his dumbass pie hole and starts proclaiming that people just disagree with Obama due to his skin color. Complete BULL SHlT and they know it is.

You sound like you speak for all white people, which by the way you don’t. Since Obama has been elected it has been nothing like the sixties, how can you even compare? You make it seem as though because I am white, conservative and live in the south that I am part of the problem of racism. I am not part of the problem, as far I am concerned I am glad that we came to a point in our history that we could get a black man elected, but just because I don’t agree with him doesn’t make me racist. I will not compromise on my values and principles because people like you and Jimmy Carter want to call me a racist for disagreeing with this current administration. I don’t wish ill on the president, I truely don’t. I pray for him daily along with all the other leaders of this nation. The “racist” idiots that run around in white sheets under the cover of darkness or wish horrible things on the president or anyone else that is of a different “race” make up such a small percent of the United States populationbut it is people like you and people in the media that blow it way out of proportion and try to make it look like anyone that is born “white” is automatically racist. To get down to it, aren’t we all just American, no matter what “race” you happen to be? You will always have those that hate people in another group, the world isn’t concerned with our “racism issue” they have race issues of their own, look at Eastern Europe and how people feel about the Roma (Gypsies). It is everywhere, and you can’t get rid of it completely and “white America” is only a part of the “problem” not the entire problem in and of itself if you want to even call it a problem.

“Big Bill” Broonzy (1901-1958)The programme recorded that the Carnegie Hall concert “will be his first appearance before a white audience”.In the 1938 programme, Big Bill performed (accompanied by boogie pianist Albert Ammons) “It Was Just a Dream” which had the audience rocking with laughter at the lines,”Dreamed I was in the White House, sittin’ in the president’s chair.I dreamed he’s shaking my hand, said “Bill, I’m glad you’re here”.But that was just a dream. What a dream I had on my mind.And when I woke up, not a chair could I find”