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    a more peaceful neighborhood

    “Walk A Mile In My Shoes” And Trayvon Martin’s

    by | 4 | Jul 22, 2013

    A recent conversation with Bruce Hampton, a pretty good picker himself, touched on Atlanta’s best-ever guitar players. In the back and forth, there was speculation on how much Joe South had listened to Blind Willie McTell’s recordings. Within ten minutes, I played McTell’s “Kill It Kid” and South’s “Walk A Mile In My Shoes” on the stereo. “How did South do that? How did he think of that?” and “Blind Willie moved his fingers just as fast,” were the awe-soaked words posed to Hampton. Though he has shared the stage with many of the guitar masters, Hampton was right to the point in his response, “Amazin’ on both counts.”

    Trayvon-SouthJoe South was amazing on many counts from the mid ’60s through the early ’70s:Aas guitarist, producer, singer and songwriter. In ’70, he became the first genuine rock artist from America to win a Grammy for Song of the Year (“Games People Play”). His songs were covered by Elvis Presley, Deep Purple, Lynn Anderson, the Raiders, Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell and many others from a wide array of musical genres. He put across a quick and dramatic opening at lead guitar on Aretha Franklin’s “Chains,” and quite famously, won public praise from Bob Dylan for his guitar work on the Blonde On Blonde sessions.

    South could work his way around the English language, very much as he did a six-string. His songs that voiced concerns over the hypocrisy in contemporary life could be construed as sidewalk sermons. Words of wisdom for those willing to listen. That was especially so with “Walk A Mile In My Shoes,” his country-soul infused hit from ’70. The song opens with 18 seconds of studied but dazzling guitar work and then South emerges with thoughts on the “world you see around you.”

    His first works provide a brilliant supposition:

    If I could be you and you could be me for just one hour
    If we could find a way to get inside each other’s minds
    If you could see you through my eyes instead of your ego
    I believe you’d be surprised to see that you’ve been blind

    Then the fiery chorus, serving as a proclamation, begins:

    Walk a mile in my shoes,
    Walk a mile in my shoes
    Before you abuse, criticize and accuse
    Walk a mile in my shoes

    Musically, the song has nearly everything going: It rocks and is very Southern in the way it blends white and black Gospel styles. There’s the swampy soul production. Being admonished never sounded so good. Yet despite the critical observations made by South, his song does inspire a sense of hope. The call to “walk a mile in my shoes” is a plea that should lead to better understanding, a more peaceful world or at least a more peaceful neighborhood.

    “Walk A Mile In My Shoes” climbed the charts when the first of the Baby Boomers were getting settled in the job market. Those boomers, at least those still with us, are now veteran recipients of Social Security checks. A lot in the world has changed. Some for good. But there haven’t been enough positive changes for the good, even when we as a society could make change happen. Such thoughts and Joe South’s song resonated when taking in the sadness of the Trayvon Martin case.

    The saddest part, especially for Martin’s parents, is that he would still be alive if one George Zimmerman didn’t tail him and arouse his emotions. And if Zimmerman had taken the advice and let someone of higher rank than “Neighborhood Watch Captain” check on Martin, who was simply walking down the street, doing the type of things that come naturally to most teenage boys.

    Parents who’ve raised teenage boys — or are still going through the challenging process — should relate to what’s been reported on the last couple of years of Martin’s life. Those years were hardly atypical.To rally troops among the conservatives always looking for ways to vilify black people, the right-wing noise machine highlighted Martin’s tough guy poses — hoodie and all. There was also news of Martin’s three suspensions from his high school, the most recent involving possession of an empty marijuana pipe and a bag containing residue of marijuana. True, all concerned parents want their children to avoid even the mildest aspects of the drug scene. Only bad can come out of it, but a lot of young people dabble in it, then set it aside and get on with life’s serious demands. The respected attorneys, doctors and business people from white communities can look back and laugh about being out of their minds on this or that pill at the Jimi Hendrix concert. It’s a blast from the past that has no bearing now. And they’re remembered by their elders as being real good boys back in the day — not the types to dress wildly and buy illegal drugs. Oh no; not them.

    But it works differently for young black men – teenagers and guys in their 20s, not really getting on with their lives yet. When they get in trouble, it represents evil personified. And it’s impossible for many people, especially those who seek wisdom from the likes of Michele Bachman or Rick Perry, to try on the shoes of young black men. In their closed corners of the world, be they gated communities or areas of the country with homogeneous populations, they have no idea what it’s like to be part of a minority group. If one of their number found himself the only white guy among a dozen black men, they might begin to understand.

    In the mid ’70s I worked eight months at a major utility company and then for a year at the post office. At Georgia Power, I pushed a broom, dragged a mop and cut a lot of grass. That sort of work was tough and tedious, especially when being the new kid — and the white kid on top of that. The work at the Federal Annex didn’t involve brooms or mops but there were physical demands. As with the first few weeks at Georgia Power, the beginning was arduous and friends were few, but as time went on, the work was mastered and most importantly, friends were made –friends different than me — at least different when it came to skin color and home environment. Eventually there was the pay-off in making the new friends, learning about them, their learning about my background and of the interests we shared. There were commonalities that went beyond enthusiasm for the NBA or the NFL. When we’d run into one another in the years to come, the occasions were happy as we related to what had been going on in our lives. It’s always been comforting to look back at those days, when my co-workers, listening to Al Green sing “Let’s Stay Together,” would check out a friend’s tricked-out Ford Maverick (yes, there was such a thing). Those guys made a lot from their lives even when there were society-imposed strikes against them. Such strikes are still imposed among many young people who deserve a better shot.

    Society needs equilibrium. People desire protection from street violence just as we assume the Fourth Amendment guarantees Americans security in their persons, houses, papers and effects. It’s no special privilege to anticipate getting through the day safely. The people at the gated community where Trayvon Martin was killed expected to feel secure. Trayvon Martin expected to enjoy a long life.

    When any person is attacked, harmed or worse, punishment should be handed out by judges and juries after recognized law enforcement agencies apprehend those who committed the crimes. That said, equilibrium also requires we know how other people feel. If we don’t walk a mile in their shoes, we could at least take some walks alongside them.

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    • Photo: Joe South/Trayvon Martin montage created from fair use sources.
    Jeff Cochran

    Jeff Cochran

    Jeff Cochran worked in advertising at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for 27 years before accepting a buy-out in the Summer of 2008. In the seventies/early eighties, he handled advertising for Peaches Records and Tapes’ Southeastern and Midwestern stores. He also wrote record reviews for The Great Speckled Bird, a ground-breaking underground newspaper based in Atlanta.

     

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    • hannah

      People who walk are suspect. It’s OK if they have a dog or jogging togs to explain what they are about, but people walking are a nuisance, especially to the cops in their cars. The participants in Occupy Wall Street soon discovered that. The pedestrians north of Central Park in New York City all know that. After all, the cops frisking half a million people a year for going on walk about is bound to be noticed.

      Gated communities are set up to accommodate people in cages on wheels. That’s where the culture of obedience likes them to be. Because being in a car as a driver means that the person has given prior consent to being stopped any time, any where, for any probable cause or imaginary reason.
      Justice Anthony Kennedy goes around lecturing that “the issuance of a permit is not a matter of grace,” but that’s not how the cops prefer to see it. Drivers with licenses make their lives easy; people walking are hard to stop.

    • Syc

      Heart felt. Also The Col. Usually pegs any subject he discusses

    • TJSwift

      Do you know where the (oh so unfortunate) fad of “sagging” one’s pants started? Prison. Likewise, hoodies are worn pulled up to cover one’s face because they look intimidating. It works.

      Martin wasn’t walking down the street, he was cutting through people’s back yards; at night. If he’d have continued cutting his way home, this wouldn’t have happened. But he sought Zimmerman out.

      And, let me see if I have this right; Zimmerman was at fault because he “arouse[d] his [Martin’s] emotions”? Really?
      Look, no one thinks the death of a young kid is something to celebrate, but take it from Zimmerman’s prosecutors, when you are forced to exaggerate the facts to make your story more plausable, maybe it’s time to re-think your narritive.

      And please, take that hoodie off; you look silly.

    • Boohunney

      You know, I grew up in Atlanta and I NEVER knew wearing a hooded shirt made someone a thug… let me clean out my closet because I must be the most intimidating middle aged woman of all time. Saggy pants? Shoot. I know people that got arrested for wearing an American Flag on the pocket of their jeans back in the day. Juvenile fashion and you feel threatened by it… take some Prozac, you need it. BTW, the kid’s dad LIVED there. I guess those gates aren’t really protecting ANYONE, are they. I guess I might get anxious myself if some fellow was following ME in my Dad’s neighborhood… you are a fool, TJSwift..

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