Sharp Notes Monday: ‘Russians’

While our Sharp Notes, Sharp Thoughts music and social media project was on hiatus for the summer, we shared a song every Monday to start your week. We’ve decided to make Sharp Notes Monday a permanent feature.

The line “I hope the Russians love their children too” is one of the most poignant passages in “Russians,” a song Sting recorded in 1984 about the Cold War and fear of nuclear destruction.

Russia is in the news for a much different reason today. A gunman killed 13 people, including nine children at a school in the central Russian city of Izhevsk.

Although written about the Cold War, “Russians” reminds us that despite political and ideological differences, people have much in common. The grief families in Izhevsk are feeling today is the same grief families experienced in Uvalde four months ago. As Sting wrote in another part of his song:

There is no monopoly on common sense
On either side of the political fence
We share the same biology, regardless of ideology

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Categories: Jandoli Institute, Music and Social Justice, Politics, Pop Culture, Sharp Notes Sharp Thoughts


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