CIVIL RIGHTS / HUMAN RIGHTS

Martin Luther King

Os trabalhos que seguidamente se apresentam foram realizados por alunos das turmas 2ª,3ª e 4ª de 9ºano, no âmbito de um “Project Work” em que tinham de escolher a letra de uma canção que se relacionasse com Direito Civis e/ou Humanos por comemoração do dia de Martin Luther King. Os alunos tinham de justificar a sua escolha, indicar o(s) direito(s) que na letra da canção eram promovidos ou (considerados) violados e dar a sua opinião da situação no contexto atual. A forma como o trabalho seria apresentado era livre. Foi escolhido um trabalho por turma.

Nota: Os trabalhos de vídeo podem apresentar alguns erros ou estruturas incorretas devido a dificuldades na correção de trabalhos com apresentação em vídeo.

LYRICS

What’s wrong with the world, mama?

People living like they ain’t got no mamas

I think the whole world addicted to the drama

Only attracted to things that’ll bring you trauma

Overseas, yeah, we try to stop terrorism

But we still got terrorists here living

In the USA, the big CIA

The Bloods and The Crips and the KKK

But if you only have love for your own race

Then you only leave space to discriminate

And to discriminate only generates hate

And when you hate then you’re bound to get irate, yeah

Badness is what you demonstrate

And that’s exactly how anger works and operates

Man, you gotta have love just to set it straight

Take control of your mind and meditate

Let your soul gravitate to the love, y’all, y’all

People killing, people dying

Children hurt and you hear them crying

Can you practice what you preach?

And would you turn the other cheek?

Father, Father, Father, help us

Send some guidance from above

‘Cause people got me, got me questioning:

Where’s the love? (Love)

Where’s the love? (The love)

Where’s the love? (The love)

Where’s the love, the love, the love?

It just ain’t the same

Always in change

New days are strange

Is the world insane?

If love and peace is so strong

Why are there pieces of love that don’t belong?

Nations dropping bombs

Chemical gases filling lungs of little ones

With ongoing suffering as the youth die young

So ask yourself:

Is the loving really gone?

So I could ask myself:

Really what is going wrong?

In this world that we living in

People keep on giving in

Making wrong decisions

Only visions of them dividends

Not respecting each other

Deny the brother

A war is going on

But the reason’s undercover

The truth is kept secret

It’s swept under the rug

If you never know truth

Then you never know love

Where’s the love, y’all, come on

(I don’t know)

Where’s the truth, y’all, come on

(I don’t know)

Where’s the love, y’all

People killing, people dying

Children hurt and you hear them crying

Can you practice what you preach?

And would you turn the other cheek?

Father, Father, Father, help us

Send some guidance from above

‘Cause people got me, got me questioning:

Where’s the love? (Love)

Where’s the love? (The love)

Where’s the love? (The love)

Where’s the love?

The love, the love

I feel the weight of the world on my shoulders

As I’m getting older, y’all, people gets colder

Most of us only care about money making

Selfishness got us following our wrong direction

Wrong information always shown by the media

Negative images is the main criteria

Infecting the young minds faster than bacteria

Kids wanna act like what they see in the cinema

Yo’, whatever happened to the values of humanity

Whatever happened to the fairness in equality

Instead in spreading love we spreading animosity

Lack of understanding, leading lives away from unity

That’s the reason why sometimes I’m feeling under

That’s the reason why sometimes I’m feeling down

There’s no wonder why sometimes I’m feeling under

Gotta keep my faith alive till love is found
Then ask yourself…

Where’s the love?

Where’s the love?

Where’s the love?

Where’s the love?

Father, Father, Father, help us

Send some guidance from above

‘Cause people got me, got me questioning:

Where’s the love?

By Black Eyed Peas

REASON FOR CHOSING THIS SONG:

We have chosen this song because it is from a famous hip pop group. We love their songs and this particular song is very beautiful and melodious. The lyrics are about many worldwide problems.

WHAT IS THE SONG ABOUT?

The song starts in a pessimist tone, saying that people only worry about drama.

This song talks about many problems which affect our world nowadays, such as:

Terrorism

“Overseas, yeah, we try to stop terrorism”

Referring probably to the Iraq war and saying that in the USA there are also terrorists mentioning the CIA, some gangs and the Ku Klux Klan (an extremist organization which defends the white supremacy and segregates the black people).

Racism / Discrimination

“But if you only have love for your own race”

“Then you only leave space to discriminate”

“And to discriminate only generates hate”

They call people’s attention for the danger of being racist and suggest that instead of hate people should love each other.

War

“People killing, people dying”

“Children hurt and you hear them crying”

“Can you practice what you preach?”

“And would you turn the other cheek?”

They recommend that man instead of making war and causing pain should forgive (turn the other cheek).

“Nations dropping bombs”

“Chemical gases filling lungs of little ones”

Values’ crises  

“Most of us only care about money making”

“Selfishness got us following our wrong direction”

Values like friendship, love, mutual help, generosity, honesty, truth are no longer important in our society. The most important values are greed and selfishness.

Violence

“Wrong information always shown by the media”

“Negative images is the main criteria”

“Infecting the young minds faster than bacteria”

Young people are easily influenced by the violence they watch on television and cinema and became violent people and sometimes commit crimes.

*       This song puts some questions and makes people think that love can solve all the problems. However, they mention that love is not the same anymore. People have changed and love has changed too. So the question “Where is the love?”, which is also the song’s title, is repeated a lot of times throughout the song indicating that love is the solution for all the problems in the world.

WHAT HAS CHANGED AND WHAT CAN BE DONE?

In our opinion the world has changed a lot. Man forgot the importance of love and other values to have a better world. As the song says, the world is full of hate instead of love. Hate originates war, terrorism, racism, discrimination, intolerance and prejudice.

*       People should accept the other as a friend. When people are born they are all equal. It’s not the colour of the skin which defines the person. It’s important that the values that the family transmits prevail. Education is the most important to create a society of values.

*       All the countries should respect their neighbours and prevent war at all costs.

*       Everyone should help the other, the rich should help the poor ones, the young should help the old, the intelligent ones should help the not so intelligent ones.

 

Work by:

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Joana Perre, no 14

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