LETTER TO THE EDITOR FROM RITA DE LUSION
Turn off the Radio, you are listening to the same thing (babosada as I like to call it) and your choices are pretty limited – a false array of options and tastes. Where can you get a weekly dose of dope music, current events, dope music, historical facts and analysis from home and abroad?..Did I mention dope music yet? You love a good beat? Me too, but I love a good message more. One that doesn’t revolve solely around heartbreak, club life, strippers, jewelry and other consumer crap I can’t spend money on. Save that babosada for when you’re out at night to dance, not to listen.
Every Thursday afternoon, tune into Sounds of Struggle radio (SOS) at Queens College radio. Give us two hours and we’ll give you a taste of the world in music (because the airwaves are contaminated with crap) and the world in news, through a left lens that the mainstream will never have an interest to give you. Our aim is to analyze and relate events (on an international scale) from history to today, so that our listeners can re-evaluate that which they are told and what they think they believe. We challenge you to doubt us, but doubt yourself as well; it’s a good thing.
Each week we have reoccurring segments: “Pig on Blast” (see description of the BBQ below), “this week in class struggle” and “this week in revolutionary history,” which feature local and international events. All available for download, you can expect to find coverage of the Chicago Teachers Union, walMart workers nationwide, and factory workers in Indonesia – all on strike: we provide and news and the context. SoS gave a brief overview of the 9/11 of 1973, the US supported military coup in Chile, as well as the rise of birth defects in Iraq since the US Invasion. We believe the media leads the general public to form the inhumane opinion that certain people deserve the crimes committed against them; we are here to give them a face and provide an accurate portrayal of their struggle.
Every week SOS features a special topic for discussion. These topics try to give our listeners a new perspective on their relationship to the State, by offering ours. Thus far our first few shows have featured segments on the relevancy of voting and the concrete changes it has brought forth, past and present CUNY student struggles, and the war on drugs/criminalization. Future shows will feature topics of mass incarceration and the prison pipelines in America, the privatization of public education, the distinction between Zionism and Judaism, and much more. All shows will be available for download after airing. We encourage our listeners to interact with us by calling in or commenting on our wordpress.
SoS has no love for land-grabbers and no love for their pawns, the pigs. We stand firmly behind this belief that the police (as a force, not as your friend or your neighbor the individual) are defenders of private property, not the people. This is a force that criminalizes and strategically seeks to incarcerate individuals on racist presumptions. Their goal is to systematically continue oppressing communities in order to keep private interest and private property safe all while criminalizing dissent. Who knew harassment tactics like stop and frisk and extrajudicial killings (murder) were safe.
The world is dangerous place I hear, but how do you define danger and why? And don’t these conditions change depending where you are?
For example, what’s danger here at QC? The head of Security says its pervs grabbing your leg at the library, so that fear justifies closing off access to books for the public and neighboring communities and also justifies officers walking around in bulletproof vests…? I Digress.
We can see this tactic applied to several situations. Most obvious in the wars the west engages in. If you dehumanize your opponent and depict them as capable of causing whatever harm great enough to scare you, you feel nothing as you attack them. Here at home, if you label people thieves, drug dealers, murderers – you may have heard the media describe them as black or brown males, 5’8, who might be wearing a hoodie. If you continue to scare people, their fear will allow them to justify unrealistic or all-too-basic assumptions. If you create the heroes, you have to create the opposing force [and sustain it]; otherwise it wouldn’t have a reason to remain a hero, except in novelty form. All in life is a matter of balance.
Don’t blame the dealer and don’t just blame the thief, that’s too easy and it ignores too much. Just like you can’t blame the cop himself, it’s the system he exists under, you can only put him on blast as an example. He is indeed capitalizing on the weakness of others but his ethical dilemma spans higher than what he may understand, especially if he’s set on survival to feed more than just himself. It just makes the criminal being in jail ok to you. It makes preying on a certain group of people ok because you already assumed they were guilty. It makes saying “I swore he had a gun” a reasonable way to avoid justice for murder.
Now turn off the news. If you enjoyed this, you are in for more by tuning in. If you hated it, you still read this much and we encourage you to engage with us about it. Either way, please turn off the news.
We are here to redefine misconceptions in history and the present and to deliver a refreshing wave of music that should be taking over your airwaves soon. Let your radio be an interactive space where you don’t just take thoughts but create some of your own.
Tune in to Sounds of Struggle Radio. Thursdays from 3-5 pm on WQMC Radio. Feed your brain and rest your ears; give it some exercise in critical thinking. Listen, Think, and jam. Say mmhmm, and let us know where it takes you.
Our next show airs NOV 29, 3 P.M. – Soundsofstruggle.wordpress.com