The Seattle Times asked Prometheus Brown (Geo from Blue Scholars) to write a guest column about the recent gun violence in the city. Geo gave them a song, performed from what looks like Dr. Jose Rizal Park on Beacon Hill:
Tryin’a do the right thing. I don’t have the answers,
but neither does a person who practices double standards.
If every deathâ€™s a tragedy then join us when weâ€™re chanting,
and not just when weâ€™re singing and dancing. Too many
shots fired in the south end, nobody cares.
Shots fired in the north end, everybody scared.
Nothing they can do for us that we canâ€™t do ourselves.
Point the finger at the mirror instead of somebody else.
The post has generated 132 comments so far on the Times page; sadly, many of them were racist or misinformed. “Big shout to the ppl who got my back against the @seattletimes comment section crazies,” tweeted Geo this afternoon. “My favorite @seattletimes comment section response to my editorial: ‘don’t quit your day job.'”
The Times is also hosting a live chat on the Seattle shootings Wednesday, June 13 at noon with Geo/Prometheus and Cafe Racer regular Andrew Swanson, who also wrote an op-ed for the newspaper this week.
Geo will appear alongside many other performers at today’s Beacon Boogie Block Party outside The Station coffee shop at 5 p.m.