Oscar Brown Jr was a singer, songwriter, playwright, poet, and civil rights activist. At one point he even ran for political office in Illinois. He started his music career when gospel singer Mahalia Jackson recorded one of his compositions. His first recording experience was on Max Roach’s 1960 release “We Insist – Freedom Now!” He released his first and most successful solo album “Sin And Soul” the same year. The song “Lone Ranger” is from his 1974 album “Brother Where Are You?” It was one of my favorite songs when I was a kid.
There’s been lots of talk in the news lately about the shocking racial prejudice that’s still running rampant in the US today. It makes me smile a bit because the only people who get to enjoy the privilege of being shocked by that news are the people who don’t deal with discrimination on an (almost) daily basis. It’s like most of America is the housewife who has pulled out the refrigerator for spring cleaning and is shocked by the mess she finds there. We Affirmative-Action types are like the cats who always have our noses to the grating. We get to smell the dead mouse under there all the time.