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CloseYourEyes-Essay1 - Karlyn Harris August 2006 Engl 1101...

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Karlyn Harris August 2006 Engl 1101 1:25-2:15 MWF “Close Your Eyes” “My voice smatters blood in the face Of Aryan Nations. I am what they feared. Never passed in the world, But passed salves over broken flesh Reclaiming nationhood I lost Generations ago. Retracing veins from history’s corpse Resounding with speech Extending beyond Now.” -Tara Betts, “A Mixed Message” Of all the writing assignments that have ever been assigned to me, this one is high up on the list of the most difficult. To me, music has so much power; it incites so much emotion. Of all of the songs that I could use to describe my life, or a segment of it, I have chosen “Close Your Mind” by Lupe Fiasco. Like Cash, Fiasco projects his views of government and economy through music. In Fiasco's case, using up-tempo beats and quick middle-eastern like rhythms, he compares the way African-Americans, Native Americans, and other subordinate groups have been mistreated by America for years and he describes the current state of our United States before and after September 11. In the 1970s, Cash talked about his opposition to the Vietnam War and other political events that were stirring up Americans, causing a domestic separation that has only again seemed to resurface today.
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In “Close Your Mind,” Fiasco says “we came through the storm, nooses on our necks/and a smallpox blanket to keep up warm,” which refers to the beginning of the slave trade and the “ethnic cleansing” of the Native Americans. Fiasco makes an immediate cross-comparison from how Africans were brought over here to the Americas
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