Tuesday, May 27, 2014

¡Que viva la revolución!

Remembering Gil Scott-Heron (1949-2011)

La revolución will not be televised
You will not see la revolución on Fox News, CNN or even Univisión
La revolución is not telenovelas, reality TV or talk radio

La revolución is not Sarah-zona
La revolución is not Jan Brewer's SB1070
La revolución will not be upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court

La revolución is not Cinco de Mayo
La revolución is not Taco Bell
La revolución will not be brought to you by Corona

La revolución is not militarizing borders
La revolución is not racial profiling
La revolución will not be enforced by the U.S. Border Patrol

We can't have a revolución if we kill student's DREAMS
We can't have a revolución with 12 million undocumented
The U.S. Congress will not bring us la revolución

La revolución will make us all fight for equality
La revolución will give us esperanza
La revolución will teach children to write poetry

La revolución will not be televised
La revolución could be brought to you on Twitter, Facebook and even blogs
La revolución es tu y yo


Teresa Puente


Teresa Puente is a Professor of Journalism at Columbia College in Chicago. Ms. Puente also encourages Latina women to write and publish their stories in Latina Voices. Her original poem is respectfully dedicated to the great poet, musician and fellow Chicagoan Gil Scott-Heron who wrote The Revolution Will Not be Televised.

¡Que viva la revolución! first appeared on Teresa's Chicanisima blog following Gil Scott-Heron's death on May 27, 2011. It appears here with the author's permission.