Prince releases tribute song “Baltimore”
- By Isaac Kuehnle-Nelson
- May 10, 2015
Despicable acts of police brutality and racially charged attacks have torn across America in the last two years. Although these brutal attacks have been widely publicized in media, mainly due to brave citizen journalists – the root issue is far more pervasive.
Systemic disenfranchisement and racial profiling have plagued the United States since its inception; from explicit slavery to more subtle racial violence like the infamous New York Stop and Frisk policy that disproportionately targeted people of color. The current protest marches in Baltimore echo the 1965 marches from Selma to Montgomery.
The current protest marches in Baltimore echo the 1965 marches from Selma to Montgomery.
Prince has released a song commemorating the loss of Freddie Gray in Baltimore and the endemic racial violence taking place there. The song ends forebodingly, as a faux radio presenter interrupts the broadcast to tell of a developing story in Los Angeles.
Nobody got in nobody’s way
So I guess you could say
It was a good day
At least a little better than the day in Baltimore
Does anybody hear us pray?
For Michael Brown or Freddie Gray peace is more than the absence of war
Absence of war
Are we gonna see another bloody day?
We’re tired of cryin’ & people dyin’
Let’s all take the guns away
Absence of war—U and Me
Maybe we can finally say
Enough is enough it’s time for love
You can hear Prince perform “Baltimore” at his Rally 4 Peace in Baltimore today.