Top Five Prince Songs You Didn’t Know Were About Homeland Security
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Social issues are baked into the Homeland Security cake and Prince was a social activist that touched on so many issues related to security. He invited political commentator and philosopher Dr. Cornell West to be featured on his 2004 track titled, “Dear Mr. Man,” in which Prince called out systems of power in America and the disparaging affects they have on marginalized people. “Might not be in the back of the bus but it sure feel just the same / ain’t nothing fair about welfare / ain’t no assistance in AIDS / we ain’t that affirmative about your actions until the people get paid.” Marginalization, we know is one of the social dynamics related to radicalization. Prince mentions Dr. Martin Luther King in his 2009 song “Dreamer.” “I was born and raised on the same plantation / In the united states of the red, white and blue / I never knew that I was different / Till Dr. King was on the balcony / Lying in a bloody pool,” the lyrics read. Years before that song’s debut, Prince released a track in 1995 titled “We March,” which spoke about the need for organized protest against racism: “Now’s the time to find a rhyme/ that’s got a reason and frees the mind / From angry thoughts, the racist kind/ If we all wanna a change then come on get in line.” (help from the Huffington Post)

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