On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died handcuffed behind his back and prone on a Minneapolis, Minnesota street, while white police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes.

John Gorka made this video the week the police brutally murdered George Floyd.

As outrage spreads over the killing of George Floyd in the US, protesters have taken to the streets around the world. The protests were called in solidarity with America's Black Lives Matter movement, but the protesters are also highlighting racism and police brutality in their own countriesThousands of demonstrators gathered in London, Amsterdam and Berlindespite calls from politicians not to defy the lockdown there because of the COVID pandemic. Authorities have had to close roads around Parliament Square and are urging demonstrators to maintain physical distancing measures.

 

John Gorka Home videos
10th homemade video (June 7, 2020)

On June 7, 2020 John wrote:

" On June 7, 2020 John wrote: Home Video # 10 - Ignorance & Privilege appeared on my CD So Dark You See. I think this is my first homemade video at 1080 p."

- Click here for Red River Valley (April 5, 2020)
- Click here for Better times Will Come (April 12, 2020)
- Click here for Polly Wally (April 19, 2020)
- Click here for Soap Opera (April 26, 2020)
- Click here for Maya May I, (May 1, 2020)
- Click here for My Creole Belle (May 10, 2020)
- Click here for Careless Love (May 17, 2020)
- Click here for You Can Run (May 24, 2020)
- Muting the Sea (May 31,2020)
- Click here for Ignorance and Privilege (June 7, 2020)
- Click here for The Mercy of the Wheels. (June 14, 2020)
- If I Could Forget To Breathe (June 21, 2020)
- Let them in (June 28, 2020)
- Unblind The Referee (July 5, 2020)
-The Dutchman (July 12, 2020)
- Morningside (July 19, 2020)

- Cowboy Song (July 26, 2020)
- That's How Legends Are Made (August 2, 2020)
- If Not Now (August 9, 2020)
- Arroyo Seco (August 16, 2020)

- Shenandoah (August 23, 2020)

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. John Gorka - Ignorance and Privilege  


"Ignorance and Privilege"
appeared on the 2009
CD "So Dark You See"

More Information about this song:

Click here for an article "English through Song"

Click here for more news about the John Gorka CD "So Dark You See".

Click here for "Ignorance And Privilege" chords and chord diagrams for guitar, piano or ukulele.

 

  ....John Gorka played "Ignorance and Privilege" with Eliza Gilkyson at the Naked Song Festival in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, May 30, 2009 (six months before the CD was released)
   

 

Ignorance and Privilege

I was born to ignorance, yes, and lesser poverties
I was born to privilege that I did not see
Lack of pigment in my skin, won a free and easy in
I didn't know it, but my way was paved

I grew up a Catholic boy, in a northeastern state
A place when asked 'Where you from', some people tend to hesitate
Reply a little late, as if maybe you didn't rate
I was born to privilege and ignorance.

My dad ran a printing press, a tag and label factory
I may have seen it as a child, now a distant memory
Almost too faint to see, dark red brick factory
I didn't know it but my way was paved

We moved from a city street, shortly after I arrived
To a house on a gravel road, where I learned to be alive
Crawl, walk, run and ride, that's where I learned to come alive
I didn't know it, but my way was paved

If the wind is at your back and you never turn around
You may never know the wind is there
You may never hear the sound

Got to grow and go to school, work at home and dream at night
Even be a college fool, like I had any right
Never went through a war, never Great Depression poor
I didn't know it, but my way was paved

Nose to the grindstone, shoulder to the wheel
Back against the wall, maybe you know how it feels

If the wind is at your back and you never turn around
You may never know the wind is there
You may never hear the sound

I was born to ignorance, yes, and lesser poverties
I was born to privilege that I did not see
Lack of pigment in my skin, won a free and easy in
I didn't know it but my way was paved
I was born to ignorance and privilege.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 



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