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Song by Legendary Mavis Staples takes shots at Tea Party, 'birthers' at MEC annual meeting

Mississippi blues singer Mavis Staples mixed her music and strong political opinions into a song that directed her disappointment at people “who disrespect our president” by saying he’s not from here. Then she talked about people who are mixing up the Kool Aid but it’s coming out tea. Whatever party they’re having, she has not been invited to, the singer says.

Mavis Staples

Her song also talked of people who protest and wear “painted faces” who want to take us back to the ‘50s and ‘60s.

That’s a time she does not want to return to, she said. “Ain’t going back to sit in the back of the bus,” she sang.

Her song received light applause.

But that’s to be expected.

They may not have liked what they heard and felt the non-political  MEC venue was inappropriate for such jabs. But the legendary singer from Winona left them with something to think about.

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3 comments

  1. Jerry Washington

    The “light” applause was actually just “polite” applause, and it was limited even then. Her performance was not appropriate for an event designed to promote business and commerce in Mississippi. It was inappropriate enough that large numbers spoke with their feet by leaving before the performance was over. It’s a shame that those who attended will be left “think[ing] about” her judgment rather than her talent.

  2. The “light” applause was actually “polite” applause, and it was limited even then. Her performance was not appropriate for an event designed to promote business and commerce in Mississippi. It was inappropriate enough that large numbers spoke with their feet by leaving before the performance was over. It’s a shame that those who attended will be left “think[ing] about” her judgment rather than her talent.

  3. I had a similar experience to what some have described on this site. I flew to CA when Steve Brocker tried to get me to buy a Dodge Charger, sight unseen. Car had rust all over and in places Brocker said were solid. From his website, it seems many cars are sold overseas or unseen.
    I passed on the deal and learned an important lesson in the process. Trust NOBODY!

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