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Brandeis U Website Pushes Prof’s Anti-Gun Song. Prof: ‘Crystal Clear That Gun Rights And White Supremacy Are Intertwined’
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A website representing Brandeis University highlighted an anti-gun song by a music professor who stated, “It is crystal clear that gun rights and white supremacy are intertwined.”  The website breathlessly stated, “This professor used music to address some of America’s most pressing issues.”

As Campus Reform reported, Professor Eric Chasalow wrote a preamble above the recording of the song in which he began, “The history of our obsession with guns in the U.S. is long. Feelings about it run so deep that rational discussion about the horrific violence the obsession causes has been impossible. I chose a traditional folk genre to signify that long history and wrote a text that is purposely without a specific reference to any time period, remote or present.”

“The urgency that rises with each horrific incident recedes almost immediately, normalizing violence as something we are all supposed to accept for the sake of the rights of a minority to live without even reasonable restrictions,” he continued, then bemoaned his own “racial privilege”: “I find this intolerable, even from my position of both economic and racial privilege. It is our communities of color that suffer most from our glorification of guns. It is crystal clear that gun rights and white supremacy are intertwined.”

He attacked gun rights supporters, “The deeply entrenched, well-financed gun-rights movement is, at its core, a fear-driven reactionary institution for maintaining our racist and classist power structure. So the insanity I sing of in this song is about much more than unbridled gun ownership. It is about ever-present violence fueled by fear, greed and hate.”

The song’s lyrics, in the long tradition of heavy-handed lyrics for leftist anthems, read:

John William was a very fine tailor

John William never hurt no one

John William was nothin’ but your neighbor

Til the day that he got a gun

Feelin’ fear and rage because they said so

Couldn’t say where it would stop

Always said he’d never have to use it

But everybody wants to take their shot

All that hatred blowing through the country

All that hate can’t be contained

Every hate just calling for another

When did life become hate for gain

It’s a story older than the ages

Hatred calling from the mountaintops

All those neighbors angry at another

All this insanity has got to stop

Every gun just calling for another

Calling out from the mountaintop

Calling out like the only true religion

This insanity has got to stop

John saw them bowing down to dollars

Calling citizens to take their shot

It’s your right to murder one another

Everybody wants to take their shot

John William was a very fine tailor

John William was a very fine shot didn’t think about his brother

Took aim didn’t think about his brother

This insanity has got to stop

This insanity has got to stop

This insanity has got to stop

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