13 Oct 2016 Let’s play Chess – the ultimate game, Only A Pawn In Their Game – Bob Dylan — Medgar Evers and our current world

I was outside listening doing my morning thing out back and as I sat in the well-worn spot on the grass, it came to me to go and get my chess board.  As I’ve mentioned many times, I perceive the world in symbols and pictures and what is better to symbolize our world stage than the ancient game of chess?!

Chess and Checkers

The Woodfield Collection

The game of Chess is believed to have been invented well over one thousand years ago.  Today the game of chess has earned its place as the “king of Board Games.”  The classic two player game has developed the reputation as a challenging and thought provoking game.  It requires tactical strategy along with concentration and tests all from master to novice.

The earliest form of a checker type game has been traced to ancient Egypt.  The first evidence of the modern game has been documented in 1500 A.D.  Today, the game of checkers enjoys worldwide popularity by players of all ages.  Ease of play and fast paced action offers all players hours of fun.  Checkers is a great game for the whole family.

I was looking for songs about Chess and found this one by Bob Dylan…..very timely and resonant to what has gone on and to this very second continues to go on.  It isn’t a very positive song but gets the message across as only Bob Dylan can.  Isn’t it time we developed a new “game” we can ALL play together?

Published on Nov 17, 2014

A bullet from the back of a bush took Medgar Evers’ blood
A finger fired the trigger to his name
A handle hid out in the dark
A hand set the spark
Two eyes took the aim
Behind a man’s brain
But he can’t be blamed
He’s only a pawn in their game

A South politician preaches to the poor white man
“You got more than the blacks, don’t complain.
You’re better than them, you been born with white skin,” they explain.
And the Negro’s name
Is used it is plain
For the politician’s gain
As he rises to fame
And the poor white remains
On the caboose of the train
But it ain’t him to blame
He’s only a pawn in their game

The deputy sheriffs, the soldiers, the governors get paid
And the marshals and cops get the same
But the poor white man’s used in the hands of them all like a tool
He’s taught in his school
From the start by the rule
That the laws are with him
To protect his white skin
To keep up his hate
So he never thinks straight
’Bout the shape that he’s in
But it ain’t him to blame
He’s only a pawn in their game

From the poverty shacks, he looks from the cracks to the tracks
And the hoofbeats pound in his brain
And he’s taught how to walk in a pack
Shoot in the back
With his fist in a clinch
To hang and to lynch
To hide ’neath the hood
To kill with no pain
Like a dog on a chain
He ain’t got no name
But it ain’t him to blame
He’s only a pawn in their game.

Today, Medgar Evers was buried from the bullet he caught
They lowered him down as a king
But when the shadowy sun sets on the one
That fired the gun
He’ll see by his grave
On the stone that remains
Carved next to his name
His epitaph plain:
“Only a pawn in their game”

Source Internet - Medgar Evers

Source Internet – Medgar Evers Civil Rights Activist who was assassinated.

To learn more about Medgar Evers:  http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/medgar-evers

Medgar Evers (1925-1963) was an African-American civil rights activist whose murder drew national attention. Born in Mississippi, he served in World War II before going to work for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). After attempting to segregate the University of Mississippi Law School in 1954, he became the NAACP field secretary in Mississippi. Evers was subjected to threats as the most visible civil rights leader in the state, and he was shot to death in June 1963. Although accused killer Byron De La Beckwith escaped conviction, the unearthing of new evidence decades later resulted in Beckwith’s retrial and imprisonment.

 

 

 

 

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