Published by BlackCommentator, September 24, 2020
Winter in America: Is it time to stop pretending this country can move past its inherent racism?
Winter in America. It’s the title song from the album of the same name written and performed by urban poet Gil Scott-Heron. Released in 1974, Scott-Heron’s music projected the conditions of African Americans during that period and which still ring true today. The imagery of winter – bleak, harsh, unforgiving – is not lost on the lyrics. The prophetic voice of Scott-Heron has been my personal soundtrack during the Black Lives Matter protests and I have concluded: it’s winter in America all the time for Black folks. Read more