Music Played18 items
Kate Bush Wow
Lionheart, EMI, 9
Wet Wet Wet Goodnight Girl
Now 1992 (Various Artists), Now
Marlon Roudette New Age
(CD Single), Universal, 1
Mama Cass It's Getting Better
Sweet Talkin' Guy - Sound Of 60's Gal, Old Gold
Jack Savoretti Knock Knock
(CD Single), Fullfill Records, 8
The Lightning Seeds Lucky You
Lightning Seeds - Jollification, Epic
The Hollies Jennifer Eccles
The Hits Of 1968 (Various Artists), MFP, 11
Will Young Losing Myself
Billy Taylor Trio I Wish I Knew (How It Would Feel To Be Free)
Jazz On A Summer's Day, Castle
Amanda Mair Sense
(CD Single), Labrador Records, 1
New York City I'm Doing Fine Now
Temptation (Various Artists), Quality Television
Nat King Cole Let There Be Love
Heartbeat - Forever Yours, Sony
Noisettes Never Forget You
(CD Single), Mercury, 1
Coldplay Charlie Brown
(CD Single), Parlophone, 1
Salt-N-Pepa Push It
Now 12 (Various Artists), Now
Honey Ryder Marley's Chains
(CD Single), Oceanic Music, 1
Chris Isaak My Baby Left Me
Beyond The Sun, Rhino, 1
Bay City Rollers Bye Bye Baby
70's Number Ones Vol 3, Old Gold
Pause For Thought: Rabbi Jeremy Gordon
This week we commemorate the International Remembrance of Slavery. Back in 1963 Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel introduced Martin Luther King at a conference on religion and race with these words.
‘At the first conference on religion and race’, said Heschel, ‘the main participants were Pharaoh and Moses. Moses’ words were ‘let my people go.’ While Pharaoh retorted: ‘I will not let Israel go.’
‘The outcome of that summit meeting’ Heschel continued ‘has not come to an end. Pharaoh is not ready to capitulate. The exodus began but it is far from being completed.’
Much has changed in the last 50 years but it’s heartbreaking to know employment prospects, health, education and financial success are still so closely related to factors as shallow as skin colour.
In one of the classic texts of the Jewish tradition the Rabbis ask the question why was all humanity created from a single first human being – why begin the story of humanity with Adam.
God was showing off comes one answer. After all, when a king of flesh and blood wants to mint a coin they create a single mold and each coin comes out identically. But when God created the mold for the first human being, every human being since has come out looking different.
We are, with our pink skin, black skin and yellow skin, with our red hair, blonde hair and our bare heads walking, talking embodiments of the astounding variety that makes up the human race. That very variety, from a religious point of view, is the point of our creation. We exist to showcase our difference, sharing a common humanity and varying with such beauty.
That’s why racism, in all its forms both ancient and modern, is so pernicious.
That’s why we must keep remembering and fighting to ensure that no-one is ever denied the opportunity freedom gives on account of colour, race or gender.