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Elvis was a hero to most but he never meant shit to me you see. Straight up racist that sucker was, simple and plain, mother fuck him and John Wayne.

Its comes to no surprise that Elvis riped off African Americans music during the rise of rock and roll. This is easy then when the people were in charge of what was heard on the radio or or seen on TV and the movies were white. Its so easy to write history when  the ones  in charge were capitalizing on other peoples talent. Elvis was beloved by millions of young people at a time when blacks were only allowed to be portrayed as servants, or stupid people on radio, and TV and such. And even if the masses knew back then that he was a fraud, they would still flock to his side because nobody would have ever believed that Elvis wasn’t talented enough to to rip off anyone. Besides, blacks back then had no voice, no power, to stand up for their rights, because the didn’t have any and no one was in a rush to help them any way.

Then the civil rights movement helped change that. People from all over the country started to realize the injustices that were happening in this country to blacks. They were starting to get the voice and slowly uncovered many of the past injustices that occurred to them, a lot of it they weren’t aware of until the images started pouring in the TV and the newspapers. By then Elvis fame and influence was evaporating, especially with the arrival of the Beatles and the rise of super groups, and the like of Marvin Gaye, Jimmy Hendricks and others in the 60’s. Flash forward to the late 1980’s early 1990’s…

The music scene has done a complete 180 degrees. Rock has been reclaimed by an all African American heavy metal band named Living Color, the pop charts are dominated by Madonna, Micheal Jackson, and many other acts that would have probably would have been arrested in the 50’s but the most interesting case is the rise of the Long Island based rap group “Public Enemy”. No stranger to controversy, their lyrics are usual sharp criticism about police brutality, racial injustices and anger at the establishment that was running the country at the time. But the thing that cathes my ears is the rant against Elvis Presley in their smash hit “Fight the Power”. They called him out and John Wayne, another iconic white superstar, that both represented to some what the good all days were to some, but another example of an oppressive time when white men controled every aspect of the media and how this country was, including history. Or so it seems.

Funny how times have changed.

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~ by Nelson Torres on October 24, 2010.

2 Responses to “Elvis was a hero to most but he never meant shit to me you see. Straight up racist that sucker was, simple and plain, mother fuck him and John Wayne.”

  1. Whoa, you are quite… “passionate” on this. Unfortunately that is how some people succeeded back then. It is the people, like us, that gave these stars their star power. It is our own ignorance that leads them to get more famous off of weaker artists’ talents right under our noses. Freedom truly frees people as we can see how the oppressed speak out, creatively I might add, and with support.

  2. I would have never guessed Elvis Presley was a racist. It’s so sad when people hate people because of the color of their skin. We’re all equal in God’s eyes, and should be looked upon the same way when it comes to people we see face to face on a daily basis. I did once read that Elvis stole music that was written by black entertainers – so sad. Well, just like you, I’m not passionate about Elvis’s music either and maybe it’s because his integrity and character is shady.

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