Thursday, May 27, 2010

Midnight Oil: "Beds Are Burning" (music video)

I got so caught up with writing Wednesday's ENDA Call to Action (please call your reps today if you haven't already!) that I totally forgot to post a New Wave Wednesday video. This video from Aussie band Midnight Oil came out in 1990, so it doesn't technically qualify, but it does have a New Wave vibe to it. I heard it in the car on the way to work yesterday and it sort of stuck in my head, so here it is.

"Beds Are Burning" became an anthem of sorts in Australia during the 80's and 90's for the movement to make reparations to the aboriginal people for the government's past actions, which included stealing their land, taking children from their parents and forcing them to live in government schools to learn the white man's ways and destroying their 40,000-year-old culture. Sound familiar, America?     

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