The revolution will be televised (by Fox News)

by angryhippie

The revolution will be televised
Its participants, mischaracterized
The narratives injected with lies
To keep us misinformed and terrorized

They’ve bled the truth from the signal
They’re plugging into the mainstream feed
Deeming context and causation
As intel the public just doesn’t need
Because that context makes villains of so many
All complicit in our inaction
Contradicting manufactured narratives
Sold to us as distractions
Distractions from the truth of oppressions
That privilege this white supremacy
Guarded by a nationalism
Guised as a democracy
Distractions from the violent re-enforcement
This systemic inequality demands
And the truth we hope it buries,
That it puts blood on all white hands

The revolution will be televised
So its heroes can all be demonized,
And the narratives can be revised
To fit the ends that they have long devised

They’ve bled the truth from the pages
They’ve left for us upon the shelves
Deeming it much too dangerous
For us to handle for ourselves
And now we’re picking up the pieces
History’s neglect has yielded
Unable to fully understand them
Given the facts from which we’re shielded
Facts on the true nature of this nation
Born of these ludicrous contradictions
Claiming freedom for one and all
While stipulating numerous restrictions
Facts that, once freed from whitewashed pages,
Become the fodder of academic “myth”
Encased in a brand new context
That is much easier to dismiss

The revolution will be televised
And its events all re-contextualized
Til the narrative’s destabilized
And perverted before our very eyes

They’ve bled the people of this nation,
And people of color have bled the most
And today we’re burning from this frustration
We are still haunted by these ghosts
Because the hands that built the pyres
Are still the ones pulling the strings
Somehow puzzled by all these fires
Believing they are the ones who are suffering

The revolution will be televised
Its participants, mischaracterized
The narratives injected with lies
To keep the murdering incentivized

(4/29/15)