Wilco Takes a Stand With New Song 'All Lives, You Say?'
    • TUESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2017

    • Posted by: Olivia Lewis

    Last night, Wilco uploaded a new song to their Bandcamp, "All Lives, You Say?". The title of the song is an obvious reference to the common response to the Black Lives Matter movement that "all lives matter." This song comes just days after protesters of a white supremacist rally were killed and injured in Charlottesville, an event that has been dominating news and social media feeds since it happened. Additionally, the proceeds from "All Lives, You Say?" will be donated to the SPLC, Southern Poverty Law Center, in memory of Jeff Tweedy's father, Robert L. Tweedy. In their post about the song on Instagram, Jeff Tweedy said of his father, "My dad was named after a Civil War general, and he voted for Barack Obama twice. He used to say ‘If you know better, you can do better.' America - we know better. We can do better."

    As scary as everything that's happening in American politics is right now, it is heartening to see artists like Wilco stand against the rampant racism that is rapidly coming to light. Famous artists have a lot of cultural power, and it's important that they use that power for good.

    In the 60s and 70s, protest songs were a big part of the youth and student cultures that protested against the Vietnam War. It seems like America is again getting to a point where protest songs could become an important aspect of our culture which now has to deal with the extremist, hateful groups that have steadily grown in power without much attention paid to them until now. Hopefully, beyond raising money for good causes like SPLC, which is heavily involved in civil rights issues and taking down hate groups, Wilco and other artists can inspire people to make their own stands for what they believe in.

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