‘Blues and ‘spirituals’ for Brittney Griner

“Freedom is not something you get as a present. You can live in a dictatorship and be free – on one condition: that you fight the dictatorship. The man who thinks with is own mind and keeps it uncorrupted is free. The man who fights for what he thinks is right is free. But you can live in the most democratic country on earth, and if you’re lazy, obtuse, or servile within yourself, you’re not free. Even without any violent coercion, you’re a slave. You can’t beg your freedom from someone. You have to seize it – everyone as much as he can.” - Pietro Spina, “Bread and Wine” by Ignazio Silone.