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Playlist for the Apocalypse: 02 Changes

What can I say about “Changes” that hasn’t already been said? I mean everyone from Ed Sheeran to The Catholic Church, loves this song. Maybe Pope Francis should listen to it again and contemplate the themes of social justice, instead of comparing the suffering of Jesus to that of a Cardinal who abused children. But I digress.

Tupac Shakur originally recorded changes in 1992. It was not released until it was remixed and issued on his Greatest Hits album in 1998, two years after Shakur’s death. Since then, it has become one of the late rapper’s most widely recognized song. Did I mention it made a playlist at the Vatican?

We have another song with lines that could easily be ripped from today’s headlines or a Facebook status:

I see no changes wake up in the morning and I ask myself
Is life worth living should I blast myself?

I see no changes all I see is racist faces
Misplaced hate makes disgrace to races

And still I see no changes can’t a brother get a little peace
It’s war on the streets and the war in the Middle East

Feelings of despair, racism and violence in the American streets and abroad. The song also touches on poverty, police brutality against the black community, the prison industrial complex and “the war on drugs.” And then there’s what’s probably become the most talked about line of the song. Pac spits, “And although it seems heaven sent, we ain’t ready, to see a black President.”

White people reacted to the election of former President Barack Obama in a lot of really gross ways. Much has been said about the “conservative backlash.” Everything from the birther movement to tiki torches in Virginia has been framed as the reaction of white people feeling a loss a power. But it wasn’t just conservatives, much of white America thought we had finally arrived. In addition to athlete, rapper or actor, a black man could now be president. Racism was over.

Of course it wasn’t. It’s still not. The penitentiaries are still packed. And they’re still filled with blacks. The prison industrial complex is alive and well in the era of the New Jim Crow. Police still kill unarmed black men, women and children. Before Joe Biden served as Vice President under Obama, he was the chief architect of the United State’s “war on drugs” that terrorized African American Communities. Now he is running for President himself.

But has anything changed? Since 1992? 1998? 2008? Have we reached some previously unknown state of racial reconciliation and reckoning with this county’s racist history? As we have seen in headline after headline the present pandemic is having a devastating and disproportionate impact on the Black community in America. There are of course many contributing factors: redlining, racial wealth gap, massive disparities in education and employment opportunities. The list goes on, but much could be summed up under the umbrella of systemic racism. Maybe we still need to make some changes.

We gotta make a change
It’s time for us as a people to start making some changes.
Let’s change the way we eat, let’s change the way we live
And let’s change the way we treat each other.
You see the old way wasn’t working so it’s on us to do
What we gotta do, to survive.


Writer. Poet. Music Lover. Vinyl Enthusiast. Currently working on Playlist: A Memoir Writing and performing as much as I can in Grand Rapids, MI

2 thoughts on “Playlist for the Apocalypse: 02 Changes

  1. Wayne, Have you ever studied the Jesuit Order and Freemasonry? The freemasons ran the KKK! They are involved in Child sexual ritual abuse. They are in the Vatican. If you do some research you will find Illuminati/Masonic images in the Vatican and Catholic churches. The Jesuit Order Controls Vatican and The Jesuits control the Knights of Malta and The Freemasons. Vatican runs this Country through its white power structure. Biden is a Catholic Knight of Malta. They have since after the civil war. Nearly all presidents and Supreme Court justices are Jesuit Educated and/ or Freemasons. This is why it doesn’t change no matter who gets elected. Vatican controls the Hegelian Dialectic and thus both Parties through her secret societies. The Jesuits working with the Masons perpetuate racial agitation on purpose to hold power over the people. they control both parties! USA like many countries already have, should expel the Jesuits! Our courts are stacked with corrupt Jesuitical Masonic judges! And Yes racist. Many Police chiefs are Masons. It isn’t a Republican Democrat thing its a Spiritual battle. There are Occult forces going on at the top of The Illumiinati/Jesuit/ Masonic pyramid.

    1. Hi Matt! Thank you for reading! I hope that you and your family are doing okay, while society collapses around us, haha. It’s no laughing matter of course, people I love have been adversely effected by the pandemic and the current state of confusion, as I am sure will be the case for many of us, before this is all over. I’m just trying to keep a sense of humor about it all.

      I have read about some of the theories you’re referencing. I do concur that people with evil intentions in high places control much of the world. But I am uncomfortable with scapegoating any particular group: liberal or conservative, democrats or republicans, Capitalists or Socialists, the rich or the poor, Catholics or Protestants, Jews or gentile, Black or White, Atheist or believer in xyz… I don’t think we are as bad as religion tells us we are or as good as modern psychology tells us we are. I think we all have sort of a moral tabula rasa that is shaped by an undecipherable combination of biology and a network of complex environments. I think all of our most sophisticated “isms” and ideologies are attempts to explain things that are ineffable and unknowable. A point at which I am sure we would find ourselves at considerable disagreement, I’m sure. But, it is good to hear from you! I hope that you and your family are well.

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