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Remembering George Orwell’s 1984 in 2013

Jineea Butler | 12/2/2013, 2:40 a.m.

We get caught up in this nonsense while the world around us is becoming more Orwellian every day. Official deception, secret surveillance and manipulation are reminders of totalitarian and authoritarian states.

Orwell hoped that by writing 1984 he’d help stop such a state ever coming to pass. Evidently, it is too late.

Why are we so complacent and accepting of these violations? Are we really going to allow the greatness within us to be silenced? I refuse to believe that our ancestors died, prayed and struggled to get us to a place where we could truly be free only for us to fall asleep at the wheel listening to French Montana’s I Ain’t Worried About Nothin.

I am worried about everything. How will our future generations survive with this mentality? We have to get involved with everything, we have to vote, every time, we have to move and work as a unit, we have to love each other, no matter what. No one is coming to save us, if we don’t reach deep within and find ourselves, we can say bye to ourselves.

Don’t forget this quote from 1984: “Until they became conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they can not become conscious.”

Jineea Butler is the founder of the Social Services of Hip-Hop and the Hip-Hop Union. She can be reached at jineea@gmail.com.