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.
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.